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The 10-second runoff that could cost dear to the Saints

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Published on Sep 11, 2019

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Monday night in the second Monday Night the New Orleans Saints beat the Houston Texans to 30-28 thanks to a field goal from 58 yards by Will Lutz at the end. During the meeting, the Saints were the victim of a resounding failure of arbitration that could cost you the match.
49 seconds at the end of the second time, 3rd and 17 for the Saints that are on their 29. Brees gets the ball and throws it to the left to Michael Thomas, who receives about 47 in the field. The referee is approaching, whistles the end of the action, and correctly reports that the time runs.

The referee to the replay decides to stop the bout to check the exact position of the ball and after a review of the action along with the Referee confirm the first down marked in the field by applying the rule of 10-second runoff, asking the operator to set the timer to 16 seconds, committing a glaring error. A sort of déjà vu for the Saints after what happened in the last home game at the end of January.

Error is so obvious that even The Riveron (the chief referee) at the end of the game, he had to admit that the crew in the field has the wrong application of the time, it is very rare to read official statements from the NFL of this kind on the topics of arbitration.

An explanation of the occurrence at the end of the first half in #HOUvsNO: pic.twitter.com/A9BqHNiXV9

— The NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) September 10, 2019

The action terminates when there were 41 seconds left on the clock and that is the time at which it was applied to the 10-second runoff and not the 26 seconds at which time the referees have stopped the game to review the action. When the crew decides to go to the replay to review an action by the meeting is as if you were to stop at the end of the same. In a few words, the Saints were scippati of 15 seconds that could be useful to get closer to the endzone and maybe try a field goal from a distance easier 56 yards from where Lutz got that wrong.
We are amazed as 8 referees on the field, a clerk at the replay and the Control Center of the New York not have noticed the error in time to rectify it on the field! The victory of the New Orleans Saints has a little weakened the effect of this error, but we don't want to imagine what would have happened if the field goal, the final had centred on the poles...

To avoid that in the last two minutes of the game in the second and fourth quarter the attack might take advantage (intentionally or not) of some actions or behaviors that lead to stop the time, since 1955, there is a rule that takes 10 seconds on the stopwatch of the game (rule 4, section 7). This rule applies in the case you experience any of the following situations:

The attack can cancel a 10-second runoff by calling a time out, in this case will not be stolen seconds on the stopwatch.

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