The controversial catch calls in the Super Bowl 50 were quite expected. And it started in the first quarter only. Carolina Panthers fell victim to it.
MVP Cam Newton made a dart to Jerricho Cotchery, who dived to the ground as he was tackled by Darian Stewart shifting the ball to his left hand. The ball touched the ground as he held it in his left hand and rolled over. The referees initially called it an incompletion, and Carolina coach Ron Rivera challenged promptly as reported by ESPN, which looked like a sound decision. The poor call stood as it didn’t meet NFL’s standard for reversal after a replay.
Television replay revealed that the ball never appeared to hit the ground. Mike Carrey, who got his 90% calls right, was brought in by CBS, and he pointed out that the catch is cleanly taken.
Head referee Clete Blakeman upheld the call setting off storms of debate in the social media, according to the USA Today. And the catch took an impact on the game soon.
Two plays later Newton was sacked and stripped by Broncos’ Von Miller and Denver notched up the game’s first touchdown to lead 10-0.