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Faulty replay equipment in Denver

9/14/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

DENVER -- We may have just witnessed one of the more controversial plays of the weekend.

On San Diego's second offensive play, Chargers receiver Chris Chambers and Denver cornerback Champ Bailey were entangled at the San Diego 29 as they battled for a Philip Rivers' pass. Bailey emerged from the turf and ran into the end zone with the ball.

The ruling on the field was that Bailey intercepted the ball and he was downed at the 29 by Chambers. San Diego challenged the play, arguing that Bailey did not cleanly catch the ball.

After a short delay, head referee, Ed Hochuli, announced that the replay equipment was not working and there would be a two-minute window to correct the problem.

However, the equipment wasn't fixed in time and thus, the ruling on the field stood. San Diego was not charged with a timeout. Needless to say, the Chargers sideline was livid over the situation. Denver turned the turnover into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead.

Incidentally, this is the first time in nearly eight years that Hochuli is working a Denver game.