Dolphins appeal NFL stat change

Updated: October 29, 2010, 2:22 AM ET
Associated Press

DAVIE, Fla. -- The Miami Dolphins are miffed about yet another officiating decision involving a play late in their loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The NFL determined Thursday that the Dolphins' final play, originally ruled a fourth-down incompletion by quarterback Chad Henne, was instead an interception by James Harrison.

The Dolphins appealed to the league to have the midweek statistical reversal reversed, believing an incompletion was the correct ruling.

"It should get taken care of, yeah, absolutely," coach Tony Sparano said.

Either way, the play sealed the Steelers' victory. They then ran out the clock with three kneel-downs and won 23-22 Sunday.

The more significant dispute involved an erroneous touchdown call when Pittsburgh's Ben Roethlisberger fumbled as he crossed the goal line. A replay review determined the TD was instead a fumble, but because the video didn't provide clear evidence as to which team recovered, Pittsburgh kept the ball and kicked the winning field goal on the next play.


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