By Edward Lee
5:20 PM EST, December 5, 2011
In the end, the Cleveland Browns’ successful challenge of an on-field ruling that wide receiver Jordan Norwood had fumbled a catch didn’t amount to much as the Ravens won easily, 24-10, on Sunday.
But the reversal – which turned the seven-yard gain in the second quarter into an incompletion – did cost cornerback Danny Gorrer the first forced fumble of his career and free safety Ed Reed his first recovered fumble of the season.
During his weekly news conference Monday, coach John Harbaugh maintained that the initial ruling was the correct call.
“We thought it was going to hold up as a fumble because we felt like he took what you could say as three steps, but at least two steps if there was a bobble and a football act,” Harbaugh said. “But [referee] Ed [Hochuli] disagreed with that. He overturned it, and he explained why. He was great. He explained exactly why. He’s one of the better communicators, I think. So we understood his reasoning on that.”
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