Many people believe a potentially game-tying pass from Derek Carr to Amari Cooper hit one of NBC’s SkyCams last night. But NBC said it didn’t Will Brinson of CBS Sports reports.
Cooper said after the game he lost the ball.
“That’s why it looked like I might have stumbled,” Cooper said, via Awful Announcing. “I was running in the right direction and it kind of moved inside at the last minute and I didn’t have time to get it.”
“The overhead camera is positioned behind the line of scrimmage, so the cables would not be in play,” NBC Sports spokesman Dan Masonson told Sports Video Group.
Additionally, Fred Gaudelli of NBC Sports (who produces “Thursday Night Football” and “Sunday Night Football”) told Deadspin’s Barry Petchscky that there’s “no way” the ball hit the SkyCam.
“No way, Barry — the camera is always behind the play and cables are really high over the surface. Look at the replay we showed from SkyCam – if anything hits the wire it would effect a bump in the camera and you would see that on the air,” Gaudelli told Deadspin. “Also look at the replay after the commercial — look how the ball comes off of Carr’s hand and his follow through — not his normal delivery.”