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September 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Controversial Percy Harvin touchdown run puts Seahawks ahead, 7-3

UPDATE: The NFL released a statement on the touchdown, courtesy of NFL spokesman Michael Signora:

“All scoring plays are reviewed by the instant replay official, in conjunction with the NFL officiating staff in New York, and are not subject to a coach’s challenge.  Following the first quarter touchdown run by Percy Harvin, the game should have been stopped for a replay review, either by the replay official or by the officiating staff in New York.  The touchdown was incorrectly confirmed, and as a result, the game was not stopped.  Had the game been stopped for a replay review, the touchdown would have been reversed because Harvin stepped out of bounds at the San Diego 21-yard line.”

ORIGINAL POST: The Seahawks showed yet another wrinkle with Percy Harvin as he lined up at tailback (with Marshawn Lynch at fullback) late in the first quarter. Quarterback Russell Wilson flipped it to Harvin, who ran left 51 yards for a touchdown with 1:27 left in the first quarter.

Or was it?

Replays showed Harvin stepped out of bounds at the 20-yard line. Mike Pereira, a former vice president of officiating for the NFL. said on the game broadcast that even though the replay booth confirmed it as a scoring play, it should not have been ruled as such. “They did it way too quickly, before they saw all the shots,” Pereira said.

NFL owners voted in March to expand the replay system to include a central command center in New York that will confer with referees on replays. The command center, which is monitoring all games, begins reviewing scoring plays as soon as they happen in an effort to make the replay review process more efficient and accurate. But the referees have the final say.

The new rule states, “During the review, the referee will consult with designated members of the officiating department at the league office command center. A decision will be reversed only when the referee has indisputable visual evidence available to him that warrants the change.”

Pereira speculated during the broadcast that despite an expanded setup, the replay officials may have felt pressure to make a decision quickly.

Meantime, the touchdown run apparently sparked quite a reaction in Safeco Field, where the Mariners are playing at the same time:

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