In hindsight, Tice would've requested replay of Owens' TD

September 22, 2004|By ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - After further review, Mike Tice agreed yesterday that he should have used an instant-replay challenge on Terrell Owens' 45-yard touchdown reception with 7:40 left in Monday night's 27-16 loss at Philadelphia. But the Minnesota Vikings' coach defended his decision not to.

"Obviously, if I knew what I know now, I would have thrown the flag," Tice said.

Owens' catch gave the Eagles a 24-9 lead, even though replays showed Owens juggling the ball as he went out of bounds.

"With the naked eye from the booth and from myself on the sideline, and from trying to monitor the players' response ... I didn't see or hear anything that would allow me to throw the flag out until after the fact," Tice said.

Tice said that coaches in the booth didn't see a definitive replay until after the ensuing kickoff. He didn't identify any of those coaches, and assistants weren't available for interviews yesterday. Tice added that the Vikings will submit the Owens play to the NFL for review.

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