Replacement Refs Blow Timeout Call in Seahawks- Cardinals Game

By Jim McCoy Mon 10th September Sportslabor disputeNFLofficials

The replacement officials' error that awarded an extra timeout to Seattle in the final minute of its loss at Arizona was the third such mistake in an NFL game in the last nine years. In 2009, the Cleveland Browns were mistakenly awarded four timeouts in the second half of a 16-0 home loss to Baltimore. And in 2003, the Baltimore Ravens got four in a 44-41 overtime win against Seattle.

     On Sunday, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll called timeout with 30 seconds left, but the officials had announced two plays earlier Seattle used its last one when receiver Doug Baldwin was injured. After huddling, the officials determined the previous stoppage had been on an incomplete pass, so the Seahawks were not charged with a timeout. 

     Teams are required to use a timeout for an injured player in the final two minutes, whether the clock is running or not.

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