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Wednesday, March 18, 2009
This will make San Diego happy

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

This one is for you, San Diego Chargers fans.

Six months after "Hochuli" became a dirty word in San Diego, the NFL will look into avoiding such issues in the future.

If you recall, and I'm sure you do, a major controversy arose last season in a game between the Chargers and the Broncos in Denver in Week 2. Ed Hochuli, reputed as one of the better officials in the game, called a ball that fell out of Jay Cutler's hands an incomplete pass and not a fumble on a play that would have given the Chargers the win. However, after the call, Denver scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion to beat San Diego, 39-38.

After the game, Cutler said it was a fumble and the league and Hochuli later admitted the mistake.

Now, the NFL's competition committee will vote on whether such a play can be reviewed. In the past, it could not be reviewed. Had the play been reviewable, it very likely would have been reversed, giving San Diego the ball in the waning seconds deep in its own territory.

Chargers fans spewed venom at Hochuli for the rest of the season until their team beat Denver in the season finale to win the AFC West.