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The NFL's 'Calvin Johnson Rule' is one of the most highly debated and inconsistent principles being used in the game today, and it has been responsible for a number of negated touchdowns this season.
On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals fell the latest victim of the rule when in the fourth quarter of their tight game against the Ravens, tight end Jermaine Gresham appeared to have a fourth quarter touchdown reception.
The reception was later ruled an incomplete pass because as refs stated, he did not maintain possession of the ball all the way to the ground.
The 'Calvin Johnson Rule' is not an actual rule, but rather a clarification regarding catches made in the end zone. The rule states that a receiver must maintain possession of the ball in the end zone at all times, even after hitting the ground.
The idea behind the 'Calvin Johnson Rule' came to light during Week 1 of last season when the Lions' Calvin Johnson caught and secured possession of the ball in the end zone with both of his feet touching and in bounds.
However, following the catch, Johnson fell to the ground and the ball popped out when his hand hit. Originally ruled a touchdown, the play was later overturned following a review by the officials in which they determined the pass was incomplete.
Players, coaches and fans alike are still very unclear on the clarification of this ruling, which has led to plays such as these being called inconsistently all season.
With so much contradiction regarding these types of calls, the outcome is often left to the refs' discretion. This ongoing dispute is why this rule needs to be changed.