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Sport Seahawks catch break when officials flub fumble ruling vs. Packers, double down on mistake

03:00  13 january  2020
03:00  13 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Officials initially ruled the Hollister was down by contact at the Seahawks 40-yard line on the first-down play. Hollister got flipped on a tackle and clearly let the ball go before he was down.

Before the Seahawks snapped the ball on the next play, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur challenged the ruling.

Replay officials determined that Hollister did indeed fumble. But they didn’t find clear video evidence that Green Bay recovered the ball, and the ruling on the field stood.

Video showed clearly showed Packers cornerback Chandler Sullivan coming out of the pile with the ball, evidence enough that would have resulted in possession for Green Bay had the correct ruling of a fumble been made on the field.

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But since replay review requires a different standard, and officials didn’t see the actual recovery happen in the scrum, watching a Packers player come up uncontested with the ball wasn’t good enough in this case.

To add insult to the injury of Seattle keeping the ball, the NFL docked Green Bay a challenge and a timeout.

Well done, NFL.

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