I also posted this in the week 3 Atl thread but felt it was important enough subject to have its' own thread. Below is the NFL rule for catch possession. The down by contact rule states that the player must have possession of the ball in order to be down by contact. Tate did not have possession according to the "complete the catch rule" at the time he was touched. As we can all see from the replay, Tate was going to the ground as the catch process was initiated. Tate completed the catch and ball possession by maintaining control while going to ground into the End Zone. Therefore the ball should have been spotted in the End Zone. TOUCH DOWN! Instead they spotted the ball where the catch process was initiated and he had ball control. WRONG!!!!!!! Ball control and ball possession are two different things according to the complete the catch rule. http://operations.nfl.com/the-rules/nfl-video-rulebook/completing-a-catch/ The NFL did not spot the ball correctly according to the rules. To complete a catch a receiver must perform 3 steps for ball possession. 1. Ball control 2. Be within the playing field 3. And in this case, maintain ball control throughout the process of contacting the ground.