GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 30: Ronnie Hillman #34 of the Denver Broncos runs the ball through the Arizona Cardinals defensive line at University of Phoenix Stadium on August 30, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
September 14, 2008 - This quote from Jay Cutler: ""I think it was a fumble. It’s one of those plays that just happens. We get some good calls every once in a while, it just slipped out. I haven’t seen the play yet. The call has been made and it is over with." came following Denver's 38-31 win over division rival San Diego. It was made in reference to a controversial officiating call in which what replays clearly showed as a fumble by QB Jay Cutler was ruled to have been blown dead by the officiating crew. Following that call, Cutler completed a 4-yard touchdown pass to WR Eddie Royal. Cutler and Royal then connected on a 2-point conversion to give the Broncos the 1-point win.
Ed Hochuli, the head of the officiating crew for this game admitted after the game that an incorrect call had been made, but also that the rules did not allow him to award possession of the ball to San Diego. Further, this was not a reviewable play under the 2008 instant replay rules. This moment in football history led to a revision of the rules which allowed such a play to be reviewed under the instant replay rules.
Broncos Birthdays: RB Ronnie Hillman is 21. DB Randy Robbins is 50.