That would be the Green Bay Packers vs. Washington Football Team game that I was referring to.
So if that was unclear, I apologize. If the Colts lose tonight, NBC is looking for a more marquee game for Sunday Night Football in week 7 than Colts vs. 49ers.
Their choice will be Washington Football Team @ Green Bay Packers.
This goes against the spirit of the rule, IMHO. Should the players really be expected to account for their speed at the time that they pitch the ball backwards? Must they figure the NASA re-entry parabola in the heat of the moment?My wife and I slow-mo'd the lateral pass. He did release it at the 24 yard line and pitched it backwards. However, he was moving forward faster than he pitched it backwards. You can clearly see in frame-by-frame that his teammate caught it a yard ahead at the 25 yard line. The refs got it correct. I was stunned at the time because it seemed to be a no-brainer.
They were running approx. 3/4 speed, D. Leonard shoveled the ball backwards approx. 2' to his team mate. Because of their speed he released the ball at the 24 but his team mate didn't touch ball until it got to the 24-1/2 yd line. It was a backwards pitch but taking into account their speed the ball was also moving forward even though it was a backward pitch. IMHO the only thing that SHOULD matter is the direction the ball moved from Leonard to team mate, not the ball in relation to the fixed position of the yard markers.I thought the rule stated the ball must travel backwards from where it was released. I didn't see the play or the game. But if he released at the 24 and it traveled to the 25 assuming they're on their own side of the field, that would be a forward pass.
Had I not just reviewed our schedule and posted a remark about “What theI had to read it a few times too before it clicked lol.
Good info, frozen!