(AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
No Props-gate, fist bump scandal here, even with refs caught on camera celebrating a TD.
The NFL says it doesn't have a problem with how two referees celebrated their call of C.J. Anderson's second touchdown for the Broncos against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Moments after Anderson's 1-yard touchdown, line judge John Hussey and umpire Carl Paganelli fist bumped on a call that was later upheld through a replay review.
Here's video of the full play. Keep an eye on the refs toward the bottom of the screen.
The play drew strong reactions from players and fans who complained the refs shouldn't have celebrated during the scoring play.
Bills safety Aaron Williams, for one, wasn't amused.
No excuse for my performance but can't win playing 16 vs 11 thought I seen it all Smh https://t.co/CrfVO2YxA6
— Aaron Williams (@ajwilliams23) December 8, 2014
(For the record, there are nine officials for NFL games, which would have made it 20 vs. 11.)
A former referee who now analyzes calls for Fox Sports, Mike Pereira, had strong words for those cricitizing the officials: "It's one thing to be criticized but it's another thing to be criticized by people who have no idea what they're talking about. End of subject."
The NFL had no problem with the gesture.
"It was an acknowledgment of good mechanics between the two officials involved in making the call," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said.
Indeed, it was a difficult call because Anderson bulled through the center of the line, making it hard for Hussey, standing on the sideline, to see if the ball had crossed the plane of the goal line before the runner's knee hit the turf. Paganelli's job, from the middle of the field, is to stick his nose into the pile and help the line judge figure it out.