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Bruce Arians: Complaining to NFL about TD calls is 'barking up a tree'

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians didn’t bother sending video of John Brown's incomplete touchdown catch to the NFL for further review.

The catch, which would’ve been the game-winning touchdown for the Cardinals in overtime on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, was ruled incomplete because officials believed Brown didn’t get his second foot down in bounds, even after reviewing it.

“There’s no sense sending it,” Arians said. “They made the decision. You’re barking up a tree.

“The thing that I bitched about in all of the competition committee and league meetings is why we don’t use the stadium feed in instant replay in New York, because it’s so easy. Sometimes those sight lines are much better when it’s a game that’s not a Monday night game or a Sunday night game. Obviously, the 80,000 people that were in that stadium -- counting players, coaches and everybody else -- saw two feet in bounds. But that shot wasn’t sent to New York.”

When Arians was asked about the reaction from the competition committee when he has brought up using the stadium feed, he simply said, “You’d have to ask them.”

However, a photo taken by a wire photographer shows both of Brown’s feet in bounds.

The Cardinals scored two plays later, rendering any complaint obsolete.

However, Arians was visibly baffled when discussing the call that reversed Andre Ellington’s touchdown catch in the second quarter.

“You’d have to ask New York,” Arians said.

Arians then shared explanation he received as to why Ellington’s catch was overturned to an incomplete pass.

“They thought the ball moved in his right hand after his right foot had touched the ground,” Arians said. “He never lost control of it. The ball might have moved this much [as Arians signaled a small amount of space with his right thumb and index finger]. That’s not losing control.”

Arizona settled for a field goal after the Ellington play.

Brown’s play especially took a toll on the Cardinals' psyche, considering that they trailed late in overtime.

“There’s no doubt,” Arians said. “Everybody, I think, in that stadium thought that the game was over when they showed it on the scoreboard. And then to have to come back, that’s why I think our guys were so resilient. They come back and make a play to win the game and don’t kick a field goal to tie it.”