Titans vs. Texans: The safety

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The referees correctly awarded the Houston Texans a safety yesterday when Chris Johnson failed to get the ball out of the end zone. A breakdown of the play.

There was a lot of confusion yesterday in the fourth quarter when Chris Johnson was tackled in the end zone.  The ball was originally spotted at the half yard line.  Gary Kubiak then challenged the play and it was correctly overruled and called a safety.

A lot of the confusion came from the fact that Solomon Wilcots doesn't know the rules.  He kept saying that all CJ had to do was break the plane with the ball with the football for it not to be a safety.  That couldn't be more wrong.  The rule is, in fact, the exact opposite.  The entire ball has to get over the goal line for it not to be a safety.

Did the ball get out of the end zone?

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Clearly it did not, so the call was absolutely correct.

Wilcots was wrong on rules issues all day wrong.  It really doesn't make sense that CBS can't get their people informed on the rules of the game.  I understand the Titans always get some of the lowest guys on the totem pole, but how many NFL announcers does CBS employ?  10-12, right?  Why can't they spend some time to make sure they know the rules?  Inexcusable.

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