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Peter King
December 07, 1998
1. Upon Further ReviewReferee Phil Luckett blew the overtime coin flip in the Thanksgiving game between the Steelers and the Lions. Back judge Bob La wing made a highly questionable pass interference call on a last-play Hail Mary in the Patriots-Bills game, stealing a win from Buffalo. Instant replay couldn't have been used to overturn the penalty because it was a judgment call, but a review of the tape might have reversed the previous play, a sideline catch by wideout Shawn Jefferson (he appeared to be out of bounds) that kept the winning drive alive. As for the coin flip, here's hoping that that embarrassment will spur the NFL to do what should have been done when sudden death was implemented in 1974: Give each team an overtime possession.
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December 07, 1998

The Buzz

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1. Upon Further Review
Referee Phil Luckett blew the overtime coin flip in the Thanksgiving game between the Steelers and the Lions. Back judge Bob La wing made a highly questionable pass interference call on a last-play Hail Mary in the Patriots-Bills game, stealing a win from Buffalo. Instant replay couldn't have been used to overturn the penalty because it was a judgment call, but a review of the tape might have reversed the previous play, a sideline catch by wideout Shawn Jefferson (he appeared to be out of bounds) that kept the winning drive alive. As for the coin flip, here's hoping that that embarrassment will spur the NFL to do what should have been done when sudden death was implemented in 1974: Give each team an overtime possession.

2. Break Up the Jets
Curtis Martin ties a club record with his seventh 100-yard rushing game of the season. Vinny Testaverde has a ho-hum 16-for-21, 255-yard, two-touchdown day. The Jets roll to a 48-21 win over the Panthers, giving them the inside track to the AFC East title.

3. Not So Coy
In his first start Koy Detmer was an exciting alternative to the other quarterbacks the Eagles have used this year. However, Detmer would be wise to nix cocky gestures like the one he directed toward the Packers' sideline on Sunday after throwing a touchdown pass that gave Philly a 13-10 lead, the team's first since Nov. 8. Green Bay responded with a touchdown drive of its own en route to a 24-16 win. "Watching him do that," said Eagles coach Ray Rhodes, "I was going ballistic."

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