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In a court of law, where the accused has the right to a fair and speedy trail, the actions of officials during Sunday's Washington-Dallas game wouldn't be tolerated.

The call in question came at the end of the first half, when Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell was flushed out of the pocket on second down and one, ran for the sideline and released the ball before stepping out of bounds at the Dallas 25-yard line.

Officials, however, initially ruled Campbell had stepped out of bounds before releasing the ball. Because the Redskins had snapped the ball from the 20, the result of the play was a sack.

Then the Redskins failed to snap the ball before the play clock ran out on third down, drawing a delay of game and pushing them back to the 30.

After officials assessed the delay of game, they halted play so the replay assistant in the official's booth could review whether Campbell had released the ball before stepping out.

Approximately seven minutes later, officials concluded correctly Campbell had gotten rid of the ball before his foot touched the boundary, thus Washington should have possession at the 20 and face third down and one.

During this entire episode, Redskins place kicker Shaun Suisham patiently waited to attempt a field goal. The 39-yard try sailed well left, and Washington failed to add to its 3-0 lead before halftime.

"That's no excuse to miss a kick," Suisham said. "It's different, yes, but it's certainly no reason to miss."

The lengthy delay certainly wasn't the only reason Suisham missed the kick, but it no doubt was a factor. Imagine a golfer having to wait that long to attempt a five-foot putt to extend his lead at a PGA Tour event.

Suisham's miss proved significant because the Redskins wound up losing 7-6. In this instance, officials got the call right -- that was the fair part of the trial. But it's entirely reasonable to ask why officials took so long to reach their ruling.

By Gene Wang  |  November 23, 2009; 3:54 AM ET  | Category:  Refs Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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I was in the car listening on the radio, and the last I hear before turning the car off, the officials said it was incomplete and then marked off the penalty, which didn't make sense. So did they not end up assessing the delay of game penalty?

Also, how could they review th eplay, once the delay of game penalty was assessed? Doesn't the delay of game penalty meant it was too late to review because a new play had happened?

Posted by: Dougmacintyre | November 23, 2009 12:05 PM

Go Cowboys!

Posted by: moose6 | November 23, 2009 5:58 PM

Forget about that BS, what about the cut block that Romo threw on Hall's interception, enligten me on the rule,I thought that a tackler cold not throw at the knees, clearly Romo did and Hall was hurt, and guess what he's out against the Eagles. There were several clearly BS calls in this game and yes Rock and Fletcher dropped easy pics that would have made all of this a moot point, but how many times can we be screwed over by the ref's during a Dallas game? Isn't it clear that they have the "Jordon rules" for every division game. They aren't that good, they don't deserve it and shouldn't have games given to them for the "sake of the league", it's total crap and enough to make me turn off the T.V.When Dallas was good I cheered them against opponent's in the SB, but how long does their history carry them? Too long for me. They haven't been worht a crap for years, give it up NFL, let a new "America's Team" be christened at least until your beloved Cowboys can pick them selves up.

Posted by: mfowler1 | November 29, 2009 5:50 PM

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