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I've suggested that game officials correctly followed the letter of the NFL law in disallowing Calvin Johnson's apparent game-winning touchdown with 24 seconds remaining. It's true that there is a "process of the catch" continuation that applies in this situation. That's all a matter of interpretation, however. My question, one we first raised last season when it cost the Green Bay Packers a touchdown, is about intent. What is the purpose of this rule as currently constituted? Why does the "process of the catch" take so long? If a receiver catches a ball and has possession with two feet in bounds, shouldn't the play be dead at that point? Unless officials mistakenly extended that catch process too far in this case, NFL rules say it is not. I just don't know why.