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LaRon Landry's fumble recovery

See that? That's a football lying on the ground, ready for someone to claim it. The football happened to be on the on after the second play of Sunday's fourth quarter, right after London Fletcher attempted to pulverize Joseph Addai's shoulder area into a fine powder. The broadcast crew's focus over the next few minutes was justifiably on Addai's health, and so the effort to claim that football was largely ignored.

But....maybe it shouldn't have been! You've got nothing better to do than stare at screencaps, right?

At least five players are now diving for the football, four of them Redskins, with various other lumps of footballing flesh lying in the background. For our purposes, only four of these blurry images matter. From the left, it's Colts guard Mike Pollak, Colts receiver Pierre Garcon, Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, and safety LaRon Landry, who's not visible.

Ok, this, believe it or not, is the key shot of the sequence, and one that NBC only showed once. Landry's somewhere in that pile, grabbing the ball. And the issue is whether or not a Colt touched him while he was on the ground, as officials ruled.

There are only three options: Garcon's right arm sneaked through Hall and touched Landry, Landry's helmet or arm collided with the prone Pollak, or officials got it wrong.

This is just a split-second later, and Landry is already rising to his feet. You just can't tell how far his helmet had previously traveled, or whether Garcon's arm managed to sneak on through, but neither appears particularly likely. Still, it's just impossible to say. Al Michaels said it looked like Garcon grazed Landry's body, but I don't know.

But wait, you're wondering whether maybe Landry touched the comatose Addai?

Well, he didn't. Addai actually wasn't very close to the ball. This is also the proper angle for linebacker gold pants porn.

By the way, watching London Fletcher crunch Addai in frame-by-frame slo-mo about 70 times made me want to watch badminton, badly.

And this is where everyone paused so DeAngelo Hall could do push-ups with LaRon Landry's body.

Once Landry made it to his feet, it's pretty obvious that no one from the Colts was going to immediately tackle him. There's no way to tell when the whistle blew -- and blow it did -- but there are eight Colts in this frame, and none are dragging Landry back down.

So he reverses field with the ball, before realizing that for the second straight week his potential return has been canceled.

Did it matter? The Redskins got the ball at their own 17 and went 3-and-out, capped by that Ryan Torain run wide left on 3rd-and-1, a play that lost three yards and angered a whole bunch of fans. Then the Colts took over on their own 36, and drove for a field goal that put them up by 10. As you might recall, the Redskins lost by a field goal. So yeah, a long return from Landry there might have mattered.

By Dan Steinberg  | October 19, 2010; 4:13 PM ET
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This was a detailed post, so I might have missed it. Who was in the grassy knoll?

Posted by: dcborn61 | October 19, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

that third and one call was the worst play call this year...CMON MAN!

Posted by: rc2223 | October 19, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad I'm not the only one that noticed this. We got screwed on that play, because no one touched him.

Oh well, coulda should woulda.

Posted by: dmorgan6617 | October 19, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Its okay. The refs didn't call the helmet to helmet by Golston or Fletcher.

Posted by: satchow1 | October 19, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Its okay. The refs didn't call the helmet to helmet by Golston or Fletcher.

Posted by: satchow1 | October 19, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Uh Fletcher clearly did not hit Addai with his helmet.

Posted by: amorris525 | October 19, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse

Yeah... I sat there saying the same thing. Landry probably would have returned that all the way.

Posted by: noty2jcompatible | October 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, that stretch play on 3rd and 1 made me think Jim Zorn was back.

Posted by: SkinsfaninNebraska | October 19, 2010 11:24 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: rayjay1 | October 19, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

the refs or the nfl would've probably come up with some lame rule explaining that since addai was knocked out, the play is ruled dead. refs were ok for the most part, but they missed a interference call and never called the colts o-line for holding???

Posted by: boricuabopper | October 20, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

The sad part of all the events you just laid out...........

The NFL is now going to stop defenders from hitting people in ANY situation.

Pathetic to see the ENTIRE league trying to catch up with the Redskins in the SUCK department!!

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