It was one of the biggest refereeing blunders in NFL history. Now the league is taking steps to make sure it never happens again.
You probably remember the play. In the second game of the season, Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler had the ball slip out of his hand, it was recovered by Tim Dobbins and the Chargers thought they had a win.
But Hochuli blew the whistle when he saw the ball come loose, ending the play too soon. And after looking at replays, Hochuli, who is one of the better referees in football, admitted that he blew the call and apologized for his mistake.
The competition committee will propose that when the ball comes loose when a quarterback is throwing, replay can be used to determine if it is a fumble or an incomplete pass, regardless of whether or not the whistle was blown. Had that rule been in place last September, there is no doubt the Chargers would have won that game.