By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, September 11th, 2012 at 12:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The NFL acknowledged that its replacement officials erred in not giving the Raiders an untimed play at the end of the game Monday night.
Rules state that when a game ends on a punt, and the kicking team is the first to touch the ball, the receiving team is permitted one untimed play.
As it turned out, the Chargers downed the punt at the Raiders 5-yard line with no time on the clock. Players and officials walked off the field at that point, without any discussion or ruling.
NFL vice president of officiating Carl Johnson told Yahoo Sports’ Jason Cole that, indeed, the Raiders should have been given one play from their own 5-yard line.
So, not only did the officials not know the rule, Raiders coach Dennis Allen and his staff are guilty of not being aware of the situation.
This isn’t to say the officials cost the Raiders the game. The Raiders would have had to score a 95-yard touchdown and convert the two-point attempt just to tie the game.
Still, you never know.