That question will be asked on every sports related show you will see on Monday. The catch rule, which has created consistent
controversial calls over the years, has reared its ugly head again.
On Sunday, in a battle for the No. 1-seed in the AFC between the New England Patriots and Pittsburgh Steelers, the Steelers
were driving while trailing by 3 points with 0:28 remaining. Ben Roethlisberger threw a 9-yard pass to former Penn State TE
Jesse James from the 10-yard line and James — after appearing to have made the catch — reached out the ball to
try and score a touchdown.
Unfortunately for James and Steelers, the ruling on the field was called a touchdown, but led to a review. Did James have
control of the ball as it juggled inside the end-zone when he had already broken the plane?
Regardless, the process of the catch was ruled to have not been fully completed, resulting in an incompletion.
Just two plays later, with 5 seconds left, Roethlisberger chose not to spike the ball and give the Steelers a chance at
tying the Patriots with a short field goal and sending the game to overtime. Instead, he attempted a no-huddle play that resulted
in a pass being intercepted.
The Patriots won the game, 27-24, and are now the top seed in the AFC.