"The fact of the matter is that the ball was incomplete," referee Carl Cheffers said. "So he has protection throughout that entire process on that play because we don't have a completion. At no time did he have possession and become a runner to where he would have transitioned out of being a defenseless receiver."
"We just felt when the whistle blew that the player would have already scored a touchdown," Cheffers said. "By rule, we would have to put him down when the whistle blew and we tried to decide where that spot would be and we felt that spot would be in the end zone."