Prior to this now infamous play, It has been reported that a Raider player tampered with the ball.
Before Orton got under center there was a time out on the field. The Broncos offense was in a huddle and the Oakland defense was getting Gatorade fed to them by their team trainers. I have an eyewitness account who watch one of the Raider players spit a mouthful of Gatorade or whatever they were drinking directly on the ball which was sitting in place on the field. Apparently nobody saw it, the Broncos had their backs turned.
This comes for a buddy who sits close and happened to see it first hand. He stood up and started screaming but to no avail. I'd like to know if anyone else can substantiate this claim? Pretty weird but not completely out of the realm of possibility. I'm sure the film dept at Broncos HQ have it on tape. Let's hope so if they do fines should be levied.
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