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Redskins CB Josh Norman Among Those Baffled By NFL Catch Rule

The Redskins cornerback thought he stripped Jordy Nelson in the first half. Norman would eventually have his moment.

LANDOVER -- Catch or no catch, that is the Shakespearean question asked every week and in many NFL games. In Week 11, that included the Redskins' 42-24 victory over the Packers. 

Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers passed the football to Jordy Nelson in the second quarter. The pass reached Nelson. He had the ball. Then he didn't thanks to a Josh Norman strip. Except the refs ruled a catch even after looking at replay. Once again, that led to head-scratching coast-to-coast.

Basically, Nelson held the ball long enough while across the goal line for a catch yet the same play anywhere between both goal lines likely results in a fumble or non-catch. Maybe, who knows. 

Count Norman among the confused, though he didn't really blame the refs. Actually, the cornerback praised their overall performance after crushing officials when he was whistled for a plethora of penalties when the Redskins tied the Bengals in London.

Eventually, order was restored. Norman's slapped the ball away from Packers tight end Jared Cook in the fourth quarter with Washington recovering the fumble at its own 28. The officials had no issues this time. Two plays later running back Robert Kelley raced 66 yards. The rookie scored his third touchdown on the next snap.

“Well, spoils of war. Spoils of war. I want to make a play," Norman said. "I think when I can’t be in effect, an aerial attack the way I want to be, you don’t get as many balls as you should. You find other ways to get creative and when I see an opportunity, a chance for an offender coming by and I just see it, I want to make that play. I want to make that hustle play.”

Ben Standig is the Publisher of Breaking Burgundy and the Huddle Report's 2012 NFL Mock Draft champion. You can find him on Twitter @benstandig and on Google+.

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