For the second time in two weeks, NFL referee, Jeff Triplette is under the scope another controversial call. Triplette overturned a critical fourth-and-goal stop by the Indianapolis Colts in their loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. NFL Vice President of Officiating, Dean Blandion, made a statement on NFL Network Tuesday claiming Triplette's call to overturn was wrong.
"No, it wasn't a correct call. I'll start with that," Blandino said, according to USA Today. "There was not enough evidence to overturn the ruling on the field."
Bengals running back, Benjarvus Green-Ellis went in for a touchdown but was seemingly down just prior to crossing the plane into the end zone. In the video, it is clear Green-Ellis tripped, most likely at the hands of Colts defender Josh Chapman.
After review, Triplette reversed the call announcing Green-Ellis was not down by contact. Whether or not it was truly Chapman who tripped Green-Ellis was not clear. However, without enough evidence to overturn, the Bengals should not have been given the touchdown.
The overturned call gave the Bengals a 14-0 lead, sending the Colts into yet another first half slump. Unlike many times before, the Colts were not able to comeback from the deficit and lost to the Bengals 42-28. While it is not certain this call effected the outcome, it could have possibly changed the momentum of the game for the Colts.
Prior to week 14, the Colts' hopes to clinch a playoff spot and win the division rested in their hands. With one win, the Colts would once again take the title for the AFC South.
Luckily for Indianapolis, a Tennessee Titans loss also sealed the deal. The Titans were handed a loss at the hands of former a Colt. Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos made it certain the Colts were conference champs this year.
For Indianapolis, the only thing to do is accept defeat and focus on next week. On Sunday afternoon, the Houston Texans visit Lucas Oil Stadium for a divisional showdown.