Incomplete? Fumble? Controversy Is Only Sure Thing

Replay bites Chargers, though Denver makes most with gutsy late conversion
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 15, 2008 12:16 PM CDT
Denver Broncos wide receiver Eddie Royal (19), center, is mobbed by teammates after pulling in the game-winning two-point conversion pass against the San Diego Chargers yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The controversy surrounding Denver’s 39-38 victory over San Diego yesterday seems likely to linger, USA Today reports, with the call that allowed the Broncos to hang onto the ball overshadowing coach Mike Shanahan’s all-or-nothing 2-point conversion attempt in the final seconds. “It was a fumble. I think so,” quarterback Jay Cutler said of a play first ruled an incomplete pass, then awarded to Denver though the Chargers recovered.

The referee “came over to me and said he blew it,” San Diego coach Norv Turner said of the Cutler play; Denver scored two downs later. “That is not to me acceptable.” Nor was it the first controversy; earlier, Turner had attempted to review a questionable interception, but was told that the equipment wasn’t working.