NFL: Officials blew it on Harvin’s TD that should not have stood
The NFL says league officials erred by not stopping play for a replay review after the Seattle Seahawks’ Percy Harvin scored on a 51-yard touchdown run against San Diego.
The first-quarter play put Seattle ahead 7-3, its only lead of the day. Despite the play, the Chargers won the game 30-21.
Harvin took a pitch from Russell Wilson, got the edge and ran down the left sideline. But Harvin had stepped on the sideline during the run and the NFL said after the game the score was "incorrectly confirmed."
"Had the game been stopped for a replay review, the touchdown would have been reversed because Harvin stepped out of bounds at the San Diego 21-yard line," the league said.
FOX Sports officiating guru Mike Pereira offered up a couple of thoughts on Sunday in the aftermath of the play, criticizing both the communication between the on-field officials and the league office (video above), and the speed at which the referees moved, putting pace ahead of accuracy (video below).