Unlike Green Bay Coach Mike Sherman, who missed a chance to challenge a muffed-punt turnover in Saturday's loss to Atlanta, Fassel had no recourse. Pass interference is not a penalty subject to replay review.
Instead of devoting extra attention to Seubert's eligibility as a receiver, 49er special teams coach Bruce DeHaven said the officials "probably didn't do that because 500 people were running on the field and it was just easier to head to the locker room."
Fox commentators added to the confusion. Game analyst Cris Collinsworth criticized Allen for not spiking the ball on the botched snap, contending that doing so on third down would have given the Giants another chance to make the kick on fourth down if time remained. Those in the Fox football studio heaped praise on Collinsworth for his insight. The Times also reported that a spike by Allen would have given the Giants "a fourth-down do-over."
But the NFL noted Monday that a spike by Allen would have resulted in an intentional grounding penalty and a 10-second clock runoff that would have ended the game. Allen's options beyond connecting with a receiver for a touchdown were to either quickly throw the ball incomplete toward an eligible receiver or hurriedly throw the ball out of bounds while outside the pocket -- and hoping time remained.