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New year, new rules: Rule No. 13

Updated: December 15, 2010, 1:49 PM ET
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Rule No. 13: Decide once and for all, what a catch is

Stupidest. Rule. Ever. NFL Week 1 in Chicago, Lions wideout Calvin Johnson hauls in an apparent game-winning TD pass, falls to the ground, starts to get up and lets go of the ball. The refs rule it incomplete, saying Johnson failed to maintain possession through the entire process of the catch.

Entire process? As soon as a ballcarrier breaks the plane of the goal line by even one zeptometer (that's one-trillionth of a ...

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