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Yes, the NFL reviewed James White's Super Bowl-ending TD

Yes, the NFL reviewed James White's Super Bowl-ending TD
Published On: Fri, Feb 10
Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; New England Patriots running back James White (28) scores the game winning touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons in overtime during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Lost in the mayhem of the Patriots' miraculous 25-point comeback to win Super Bowl LI 34-28 was whether running back James White scored on the final play. Television replays did not clearly depict if his knee was down before the ball broke the plane of the end zone, nor was it clear if the NFL reviewed the play.

As it turns out, the league did, with NFL VP of Officiating confirming a review on the final play.

"Remember in overtime you don't kick the extra point," Blandino said in a video released by the NFL. "So the officials were briefed prior to the start of the drive that if we have a touchdown that's close, replay is going to stop the game immediately and review the play. You have to keep the sidelines off the field, you have to keep everybody off the field, almost impossible in this situation."

"We are going to review this play if it's remotely close. Watch the play -- toss sweep to the right, runner is going to reach the ball over the goal line. The line judge you'll see from the bottom here he's going to signal touchdown immediately. The replay official signal is signaling to the officials on the field to stop the game to review the play. Watch the field judge react to that signal by putting up his hand that we're reviewing the play.

"The play did go under review, the referee looked at it, this is the angle that confirms the ruling on the field."

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