The Tampa Bay Buccaneers got an apology from the NFL and an admittance that a touchdown catch by Kellen Winslow should have counted and Winslow should not have been penalized for a push-off on a play. Offensive coordinator Greg Olson discussed the play and his reaction to the league’s apology.
“We got an apology this week on the touchdown to Kellen,” said Olson. “That doesn’t help anything at all there. We got to score touchdowns at the end of the game there. We have to make our players aware of how important those positions are, and every single possession.”
Head linesman Greg Bradley took away Winslow’s touchdown saying that Winslow pushed off of safety C.C. Brown. The penalty occurred at 9:02 in the fourth quarter on third-and-2. After the penalty the Bucs had to settle for a field goal to tie the game at 17. The Bucs took the lead 20-17 but the Lions came back to win the game with a field goal at the end of regulation and a field goal on the first possession of overtime.
In the apology the league admitted that no penalty should have been called on that play. Olson said that the apology is not the first the Bucs have gotten like that this year.
“We got a number of those this year which has been real discouraging because we’ve played so many tight games,” said Olson. “You can’t have those kind of mistakes. That’s discouraging obviously. It wasn’t the only play in the game but it was a critical one at a critical time. That’s happened more than once which has been discouraging on our side.”
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