Tim Dobbins makes ST Coach aware of violation over center
Give Dobbins a game ball for bringing the infraction to the attention of Rizzi.
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The violation of a new rule that cost the Green Bay Packers dearly in their 23-20 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins on Sunday may have shocked the Packers and their fans, but in linebacker Tim Dobbins' eyes, Green Bay had gotten away with lining up someone directly over the long snapper multiple times before Ed Hochuli's crew tossed a flag in the fourth quarter. Dobbins, aware of the rule change, had come to the sideline earlier in the game, saying that Green Bay was too close to long snapper John Denney.
"I told the special teams coach, coach [Darren] Rizzi, that they had done it two times previous," Dobbins said. "When the penalty was called, he came back and talked to me and said I was right."
The resultant first down allowed the Dolphins to drive on and score on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chad Henne to Anthony Fasano, giving the Dolphins a 20-13 lead with 5:20 left in regulation.
For Hochuli's part, it wasn't the first time his crew had invoked an obscure rule on a special teams play late in a game to give the Dolphins a second life on a crucial drive.
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On Thanksgiving Day in 1993 in Irving, Texas, Hochuli correctly ruled that, after Cowboys' Leon Lett had touched a deflected Pete Stoyanovich field-goal attempt downfield that the ball was live. The Dolphins had recovered the ball, and Stoyanovich made the kick for a 16-14 win in the snow.