It would have been the Browns only offensive touchdown of the scrimmage, and it also would have been the result of an excellent play by Manziel and tight end Gary Barnidge. Manziel made the throw to the corner of the end zone over defenders. Barnidge broke from the line toward the corner and got to the spot even though safety Johnson Bademosi grabbed his jersey at the goal-line. The ball dropped into the perfect spot, and Barnidge, as this Twitter post from an on-the-spot fan shows, got his feet down.
— George Flores (@GburgMafia) August 2, 2014
Officials hesitated on the call, then ruled it out of bounds. In the regular season this clearly would have been reviewed and overturned. There is blue between Barnidge's toes and the out of bounds line.
"That was a good play call and a great catch," Manziel said. "Great job ... we’ll see on film if he got his feet in, but for Barnidge to get his feet in and catch that ... great route, great coverage by the defender but it was a really, really good catch."
And every bit as much a really, really good throw.
Manziel had another touchdown dropped when Charles Johnson could not handle a slant at the goal-line, but in a perfect world he would not have thrown that pass. He already would have been credited for the Barnidge TD pass.
This was the epitome of a good football play: The quarterback put the ball at the spot, and the receiver won and was there to make the catch.