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Reviewing instant replay's controversial playoff history

The lines between "reviewable" and "nonreviewable" plays as instant replay applies remained murky this regular season, presenting the prospect of more historic controversy this postseason, Mike Sando writes.

Updated: January 5, 2008, 5:11 PM ET
By Mike Sando | ESPN.com

The football referee in the sandwich-shop commercial steps forward, turns on his microphone and delivers a comical admission to an imaginary crowd:

"I totally blew that call. In fact, it wasn't even close. But don't worry, I'll penalize the other team for no good reason in the second half, to even things up."

Suffice to say, that one did not come from Mike Pereira's office. Pereira, the NFL's officiating director, does have a sense of humor, however. He still chuckles over ...

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