Broncos’ Last Play Against Chargers Up For Debate

It’s painful to watch how close the Broncos last second effort to score a touchdown was against the Chargers. Ideally, Matthew Willis would have caught the ball and confetti would have fallen from the sky.

Let’s take a look at the play:

While the refs didn’t call pass interference Chargers’ CB Dante Hughes for pushing Willis out of the endzone, the non-call is up for debate.

According to the NFL, pass interference is:

“When any player movement beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders the progress of an eligible player of such player’s opportunity to catch the ball.”

Under section A:

“Contact by a defender who is not playing the ball and such contact restricts the receiver’s opportunity to make the catch.”

Clearly Hughes’ shove was not incidental contact. Had the call been made, the Broncos would have received the ball on the Chargers’ 1-yard line.

A missed call and a missed opportunity in my opinion. What’s yours?

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Topics: Dante Hughes, Denver Broncos, Matthew Willis, Tim Tebow

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  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    definitely a missed call.. it could have also been holding for illegal contact on the play.. the ball might not have been in the air yet… MAYBE.

    check where the ref is also… he was not anywhere to see that play. he probably was staring at tebow like the rest of us!

    i will admit it was a penalty of some sort and i am a bolts fan! it’s alright, we have been screwed by the refs against you before

  • http://boltbeat.com/ epadaon

    definitely a missed call.. it could have also been holding for illegal contact on the play.. the ball might not have been in the air yet… MAYBE.

    check where the ref is also… he was not anywhere to see that play. he probably was staring at tebow like the rest of us!

    i will admit it was a penalty of some sort and i am a bolts fan! it’s alright, we have been screwed by the refs against you before

  • MarkRoy-Brooks

    I’ve been asking that this whole time!!! The guy literally shoves the Bronco receiver out the back of the end zone. Why wasn’t this called pass interference???? It would have given the Broncos 1st and goal on the 1 yard line. A game can’t end on defensive penalty.

  • MarkRoy-Brooks

    I’ve been asking that this whole time!!! The guy literally shoves the Bronco receiver out the back of the end zone. Why wasn’t this called pass interference???? It would have given the Broncos 1st and goal on the 1 yard line. A game can’t end on defensive penalty.

  • kremz

    I know everyone’s explanation is that pass interference simply isn’t called on last minute passes… and I agree that the refs shoudl just let the chips fall, so to speak, on long rainbow hail mary passes. But this one was a dart clearly thrown at a player that was shoved out of the way after the ball was in the air.

    I don’t think the no call was that terrible given the above, but it clearly would’ve been the correct call.

  • kremz

    I know everyone’s explanation is that pass interference simply isn’t called on last minute passes… and I agree that the refs shoudl just let the chips fall, so to speak, on long rainbow hail mary passes. But this one was a dart clearly thrown at a player that was shoved out of the way after the ball was in the air.

    I don’t think the no call was that terrible given the above, but it clearly would’ve been the correct call.