NFL VP of Officiating confirms Jeff Triplette's call was wrong

David Richard-US PRESSWIRE

Jeff Triplette made the incorrect decision, says the NFL VP of Officiating Dean Blandido. And if that's not enough, water is wet and wind blows.

File this under the heading of insanely obvious, but the NFL Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandido told the NFL Network's NFL Total Access that referee Jeff Triplette made the incorrect decision during his review of the questionable BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown on fourth down during Cincinnati's 42-28 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

"No, it wasn't the correct call," Blandino told NFL Media's Dan Hellie. "There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field."

Blandino said that Chapman "potentially" touched Green-Ellis on the foot, but there wasn't "indisputable visual evidence" to say the original call on the field was incorrect.

"That's the standard. When we look at these angles, it's close," Blandino said. "Don't think it's definitive either way. And when it's not definitive either way, that means the call on the field should stand. So we made a mistake here. This should not have been overturned."

Blandino added: "Ultimately, it's my job to make sure our referees apply this standard consistently throughout the season. So that's what we'll continue to work on."

Josh Wilson with Stampede Blue has a much more passionate response -- we're kind of cool with the call, not because we believe it was right (I didn't see indisputable evidence to overturn it either), but because finally, something went our way. Yea, there are just some things we're not partial with.

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