Pats caught break on 49ers fumble - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston The Patriots caught a break in Sunday night's loss to the 49ers when Delanie Walker's first-quarter fumble wasn't overturned on replay. This news comes to us this morning via the "Official Review" segment on NFL Network as NFL director of officiating Dean Blandino explained what unfolded. "This actually never went to review," Blandino said. "The replay official [Al Jury] confirmed it upstairs without bringing the referee over. That's a mistake." Blandino detailed that the replay official watched the replay in slow motion, not in real time, and that led to the mistake. "We want to watch these plays at full speed and we want to get the true sense of how long the receiver has it," Blandino said. "He doesn't complete the process of the catch and that's one we want to make incomplete." When this play didn't go to review and was upheld I was pretty surprised under the current NFL rules which I think are ridiculous both in the cases of possession and touchdowns. Walker clearly took 3 steps before the ball was dislodged by the defender. 3 steps should with control should be possession no matter if it's a fumble or if the receiver goes out of bounds after that catch and loses it hitting the ground. The NFL wants to take judgement calls away from the refs. This is the perfect rule to do so. The second part of that is if a player catches the ball and drives at the end zone the second he crosses the goal line that needs to be a TD and the ground should not cause an incompletions. The competition committee again at it's best.