We've got controversy at Bank of America Stadium. The Panthers were just awarded a TD on the scoreboard, only to have it taken away by an officials' ruling.
On fourth-and-goal from the 1 -- after three previous running plays from the 2 netted only 1 yard -- the Panthers tried a quick hitter with fullback Brad Hoover.
It was close. At first, there was no signal. Then, as officials scurried in, they put up the TD signal and fans rejoiced. It looked like Carolina was about to tie the game at 7-7.
But then, before the Panthers could kick the extra point to cap what had apparently been an impressive 58-yard drive (keyed mostly by Jake Delhomme's passing), the officials stopped the game and had a conference.
And the TD was waved off.
Referee Walt Coleman explained it over the microphone to the fans -- Hoover had actually fumbled the ball on the play and it had been recovered by TE Jeff King. You can't recover a "forward fumble" in the end zone, however, and so instead Washington took over inside its own 1.
Carolina challenged the ruling, but to no avail.
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