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Blandino acknowledges the need for static cameras down the sideline

Denver Broncos v New Orleans Saints

NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 13: A Denver Broncos fan is seen before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 13, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

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The crazy, upside-down outcome in New Orleans on Sunday that occurred when the Broncos blocked what would have been a game-winning extra point and returned it for a game-winning two-point defensive conversion was preserved via replay review.

But the victory for the Broncos happened not because the available visual evidence confirmed the accuracy of the decision that Will Parks didn’t step out of bounds, but because there was no clear shot that showed Parks stepping out of bounds.

In a video posted on Twitter, NFL senior V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino admitted that the absence of a camera angle straight down the sideline made it impossible to determine whether Parks’ white shoe stepped on or over the white stripe.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has lobbied for the NFL to implement fixed cameras aimed at providing that type of view. It’s something the league at one point vowed to study, but like so many things that are taken under advisement it has largely slipped off the radar screen.

Sunday’s outcome should put it front and center. The technology exists, the money is available, and the potential impact on the outcome of games is obvious. Thanks perhaps to the absence of fixed cameras, the Saints aren’t 5-4, and the Broncos aren’t 6-4.