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“I’m not known for my calm demeanor,” Lions coach Jim Schwartz said. “If that hadn’t been overturned, I might have had a conniption, whatever that is. I think that one was pretty obvious.”

Robinson insisted to anyone who would listen that he made the catch, that the ball was under his left hand while the camera was positioned to show only his right side. Teammates weren’t so sure and the crowd murmured during the delay.

Robinson lobbied an on-field official, who only smiled and said he had nothing to do with judging the replay. A Times photographer, however, took frame-by-frame photos that showed the ball clearly hitting the turf.

The Redskins needed to shake off that setback. It was still second-and-10 at the 43. There was still time. But on the next snap Griffin bobbled the ball and recovered it for a loss of 10 yards.

“We went from a moment of having a lot of excitement to knowing that, ‘Hey, we’ve got to go back on the field and do it again,’” Griffin said. “The one thing you try to make sure that doesn’t happen in those situations is you have a negative play, and we had a negative play right afterwards and that can demoralize a team.”