OK, I realize everyone has a different opinion on this game, and I would be glad to here yours. First and foremost, let's describe the play:
The Dolphins defense was the dominating force in Week 7's, Steelers at Dolphins. The Dolphins often found themselves with great field position throughout the game, but couldn't seem to score touchdowns: Dan Carpenter went five for five on field goals. With 2:37 left in the game, the Steelers were on the one yard line on third down. Ben Roethlisberger ran a quarterback draw and as he went down the ball came loose.
The refs called the play dead before a "fight for the fumble" occurred, and therefore could not determine who came up with the ball. After further review, it was determined that Roethlisberger did fumble the ball, but the team that came up with the ball could not be seen, and therefore they could not change the play. The Steelers went on to make the field goal and win the ball game. This is where the controversy begins.
The ref stated that the ball came lose, "However, by rule in replay, two aspects of this play must be available to be viewed. Not only did we have to review the fumble being a fumble, we also have to have clear evidence of the (Dolphins) recovering the ball." Here is my question: how is it ever possible to have clear evidence of either team recovering the ball, if you called the play dead in the first place.
The rule is almost designed to fail. In this situation, the refs should have let the players continue the play as if a fumble occurred, and therefore determine who recovered the ball. Then they know if it is not a fumble, the team that originally had the ball maintains possession. If it is a fumble, they will know which team has possession. They simply cannot call a play dead if they see a ball rolling around on the ground.
In conclusion, neither team was wrong: all the blame falls on the refs. Many will say that there is clear evidence that Ikaika Alama-Francis recovered the ball; however, one must take into account the fact that the ref immediately called the play dead. Had he of let both teams fight for the ball, it is very possible that a different outcome would have arisen. It was a horrible call, and the Dolphins just fell on the wrong side of it.
And that's why this play came in at number one. The bottom line is if the refs made the right call and allowed the players to "fight for the fumble," there would be a different outcome to this game. I hate thinking about it. The whole thing sickens me. Let's end this slideshow already.