Late in the second quarter of the Super Bowl, was Tom Brady's pass to Martellus Bennett, which floated over the Falcons defense after Brady was hit as he threw, actually a fumble?
And did James White get the ball across the goal line before his knee was down on the game-winning touchdown?
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It's close, says NFL senior vice president of officiating Dean Blandino.
Blandino narrates a video review of three of the officials calls from Super Bowl 51 posted by the NFL Football Operations department this week.
The review of the Brady-to-Bennett completion, on the Patriots' field-goal drive just before the half, and of White's game-winning TD, are particularly interesting.
On Brady's 15-yard completion to Bennett, after the two-minute warning before the first half ended, the question is, was it really a fumble? Blandino points out that if it is a fumble - and since only the fumbling player can advance a ball in the final two minutes - the ball would've been brought back and the first-down completion wiped out, instead setting up a 3rd-and-12 at the 23.
But the video shows Brady's arm is clearly beginning to go forward with control of the ball as he's hit by Vic Beasley. No fumble. It's a pass.
As for the winning TD (at about 2:50 into the video), some people - particularly irate Falcons fans - have questioned whether White broke the plane of the goal line with the ball before his knee touched the ground (see below).
But as Blandino demonstrates, the video shows the ball (though partially obscured by Atlanta defenders in the video) crosses the goal line just before White's knee touches.
Touchdown. In overtime. Game over. Patriots, who trailed by 25 in the third quarter, have their first lead of the game. History made.