Monday, December 23, 2013
Ref responds to critical plays
By Josh Weinfuss
TEMPE, Ariz. -- In response to three controversial calls during the Arizona Cardinals' 17-10 win against the Seattle Seahawks, referee Scott Green conducted an interview with a pool reporter following the game.
The most controversial of the three calls was the late-game interception by Arizona's Karlos Dansby. On first-and-10 from the Seattle 26 with 2:20 left, Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson targeted Doug Baldwin. The pass ricocheted in the air and was caught by Dansby. But the question turned into, where did the ball bounce off of? Was it Baldwin's arm or the ground? The ruling on the field was an interception and after reviewing the play, Green upheld the call and Arizona ran out the clock.
"We didn't have indisputable evidence that it hit the ground and therefore we went with the ball as it was on the field, which was an interception," Green said.
Green was also asked about the ruling on a carry by Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall. The Seahawks believed he fumbled the ball before he was down by contact, and since they recovered it, Seattle thought they had possession. The play was ruled a carry without a fumble.
"We could not determine the status of the runner's knee," Green said. "The ball does come loose but we never got a shot that showed the status of his knee or any other part of his body being down, so therefore you go with the call that was made on the field."
On the extra point that was blocked by Arizona's Daryl Washington but flagged because of an illegal formation, Scott said, because, by rule, the defender cannot be within the frame of the snapper's body.
"In this case, we felt that he was covering his shoulder," Green said. "And that's why the call was made."
Steven Hauschka made the ensuing attempt to give Seattle a 10-9 lead with 7:32 left in the game.