NFL Won't Revise "Possession" Rule

Calvin Johnson (AP Photo)

Calvin Johnson must have his vindication on the field. Newsday reported today that the league's competition committee won't make any changes to the "possession" rule that revoked Johnson's touchdown in a week one loss to Chicago.

Calvin Johnson must have his vindication on the field.

Newsday reported today that the league's competition committee won't make any changes to the "possession" rule that revoked Johnson's touchdown (and, potentially, a win) from Detroit in the team's season-opener at Chicago last year.

After losing starting quarterback Matthew Stafford in the first-half to a shoulder injury, the Lions clung to a one point advantage until Chicago's Matt Forte took a Jay Cutler pass 89-yards for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

With less than two minutes remaining, back-up Shaun Hill led Detroit's offense to the Chicago 25-yard line. On second down, Johnson snared Hill's lob pass, appearing to land on both feet before falling to the turf with the ball secured. In the same motion, Johnson lifted himself off the ground, leaving the ball behind to celebrate.

The league's rulebook mandates that a receiver complete the process entirely in the end zone. Because the "process" isn't necessarily defined, Johnson's play seemed ambiguous at best -- if not a touchdown.

Instead, "the catch" was reviewed and reversed, sparking league-wide controversy that the rule should be revisited and -- likely -- revised.

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