The NFL informed the Buccaneers that a Kellen Winslow touchdown in Week 15 that was called off because of an offensive pass interference call should have been allowed to stand.
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Greg Olson told the St. Petersburg Times that the league contacted the team about the play, which came in the fourth quarter of the Bucs' loss to the Lions. Winslow was flagged for pushing off Detroit safety C.C. Brown in the endzone before catching a two-yard touchdown.
"They apologized," Olson told the newspaper. "We've had a number of those this year. It's real discouraging. We've played some tight games, but you can't have those kinds of mistakes. It's disappointing, obviously. Now, it wasn't the only play in the game, but it was a critical one at a critical time."
The way we see it
While it's nice to see the NFL admit its mistake, it does nothing for Winslow, the Bucs or the team's fans, who could have used the win to stay in the thick of the NFC wild-card race. Now the 8-6 Bucs need a lot of help to reach the playoffs.