From the Top: Fumbles, Overtime, and CBA on Owners’ Agenda


Published: March 18, 2009


... CA, one game from 2008 will direct much of the conversation.

Denver's controversial 39-38 win over San Diego in Week Two put the focus on two issues: the inadvertent whistle and overtime.

The key play in that game was a fumble by Denver quarterback Jay Cutler in the final minute, with the Broncos trailing 38-31 with the ball at the Chargers' one-yard line.

Because the play was incorrectly ruled an incomplete pass and blown dead, the Chargers could not retain possession, even though they had recovered the ball.

Instead, after referee Ed Hochuli reversed the call through replay, Denver got the ball at the dead-ball spot, the 10-yard line.

Then the Broncos capitalized on the second chance and scored on the next play.

The second controversial decision was made when coach Mike Shanahan decided to go for the win rather than risk overtime, even though they were playing in Denver. Cutler's pass to Eddie Royal converted the two-point t...

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