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07:14 AM ET 10.25 | Home cooking. That's what it felt like when this game began and there were almost as many black jerseys and Terrible Towels in the stands as there were Dolphins fans. That's definitely how it felt when referee and Pittsburgh native Gene Steratore authored an epic collapse of the NFL replay system by correcting a bad call, but going only halfway on the fix. And that's how it felt when the Dolphins walked dejectedly off the field at Sun Life Stadium on Sunday, 23-22 losers, a team winless in three outings on what feels less and lees like their home field. ``Straight up, they took the game from us,'' an animated Karlos Dansby said.

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Gene Steratore, Paul Jasienski/Getty Images Gene Steratore, Paul Jasienski/Getty Images
October 25, 2010  07:25 AM ET

Fish for dinner?

October 25, 2010  07:28 AM ET

"We'll take it and exit stage left"

-Mike Tomlin

October 25, 2010  07:30 AM ET

I didn't see the game, only the highlights. Refs called the fumble correctly but then couldn't determine who recovered the ball. How does that happen?

October 25, 2010  07:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

"We'll take it and exit stage left"-Mike Tomlin

Agreed, however, Ben is 2 for 2: scored in the endzone when he didn't break the plane in the Super Bowl against Seattle and yesterday not breaking the plane and fumbling. Great job, Ben!!

October 25, 2010  07:33 AM ET

Seems to me the ref's fell asleep and didn't see the whole play through. I've never seen a play where they couldn't determine who has recovered a fumble. They just weren't paying attention, and should be disciplined for it.

October 25, 2010  07:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I didn't see the game, only the highlights. Refs called the fumble correctly but then couldn't determine who recovered the ball. How does that happen?

It's the easy way out. "We didn't have clear visual evidence."

October 25, 2010  07:39 AM ET

They showed all the replays. The fumble, and the location of the fumble, were clear. The recovery was not. Most of the time, when you have a fumble and a pig pile, the refs pull everyone off and the last guy on the bottom has the ball. In this case, a Dolphin came out of the pile with the ball, dancing around, but you couldn't tell who got to the ball first.

The refs did what they could with the views they had. The rest was "by rule."

If you want an opinion, now, Miami should have gotten the ball. But my opinion doesn't count. Just ask my wife.

October 25, 2010  07:49 AM ET

Blah, blah and more blah! I'm a Ravens fan and nothing could make me happy than watching the Steelers lost but who cares if they were awarded the ball? Dolphins still had plenty of time to get a score! 2 freakin' minutes!

October 25, 2010  07:50 AM ET

If a guy gets out of the pile with the ball, wouldn't you think HE had possession of the fumble?

October 25, 2010  07:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Blah, blah and more blah! I'm a Ravens fan and nothing could make me happy than watching the Steelers lost but who cares if they were awarded the ball? Dolphins still had plenty of time to get a score! 2 freakin' minutes!

And THAT is the important part of this whole scenario...

By ruling the way the ref's did (which, under the circumstances, was about the best they could do), the touchdown was taken away and the Steelers kicked the field goal. Down one instead of five with the ball and two minutes left, they had PLENTY of time.

Much ado about nothing...

October 25, 2010  07:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

It's the easy way out. "We didn't have clear visual evidence."

Easy or lazy could not tell which.

October 25, 2010  08:00 AM ET

"Home-cooking" and the game was played in Miami... Yeah right.

October 25, 2010  08:08 AM ET
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"referee and Pittsburgh native Gene Steratore authored an epic collapse..."

Still.... You can trace roots anywhere... I don't think the guy would risk his job, just because he went to kidnegarten in Pittsburgh...

October 25, 2010  08:10 AM ET
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The Dolphins were robbed. What a travesty. I'm so sick of the Squeelers I don't know what to do.

Looks like your avatar is doing it.

October 25, 2010  08:11 AM ET
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The whistles blew.

Good point. The ruling on the field was touchdown. Although the Ref didn't mention it, the ball is dead when the whistle blows, and possession should not change after the whistle.

While the ruling was correct, the explanation was not.

October 25, 2010  08:15 AM ET
QUOTE(#20):

Good point. The ruling on the field was touchdown. Although the Ref didn't mention it, the ball is dead when the whistle blows, and possession should not change after the whistle.While the ruling was correct, the explanation was not.

I couldn't figure out why the one ref standing on the goal line could have ever signaled a touchdown. Ball looked clearly out before it crossed the plane.

October 25, 2010  08:16 AM ET
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The whistles blew.

So did the officials.

October 25, 2010  08:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#22):

So did the officials.

Lol!!

October 25, 2010  08:18 AM ET
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The Dolphins were robbed. What a travesty. I'm so sick of the Squeelers I don't know what to do.

Find a REAL team to cheer for??

 
October 25, 2010  08:20 AM ET

Here comes all the whiners!!! Whoo!!!

Miami started their first 2 drives deep inside Steeler territory and ONLY managed 2 field goals. To blame it on the refs is typical, yet WRONG! Cry me a river everyone...cry me a river.

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