In a play similar to the Calvin Johnson catch that somehow wasn’t a catch, Arian Foster had a TD taken off the board late in the 2nd quarter of the Texans – Chargers game. Foster caught the pass outside of the endzone, took 2 steps, made a “football move” and crossed the goal line. He was being tackled as he crossed the line and as he was holding the ball out to get it over the goal line it hit the ground and came out of his hand. This play was very similar to the Calvin Johnson catch except in this case Foster actually caught the ball outside of the endzone. Meaning that the instant the ball crosses the goal line, it is a touchdown, and the play is over. It would then not matter whether he dropped the ball or not because the play ends the second the ball crosses the plane. Officials reviewed the catch and determined that it was not a catch.
Was this a blown call or did they get it right? Looked to me like a catch and since the ball didn’t come out until after it crossed the plane, it should have been ruled a TD. What do you guys think. This one isn’t as obvious as the Calvin Johnson catch so I’d like a little feedback before I go ahead and rule it a bad call.
You can watch the play here, about 1:45 in.