Referee Ed Hochuli explained why he did not run 10 seconds off the clock when Seattle was flagged for illegal formation with four seconds left in the game. Officials are generally off-limits to the media, but they let a pool reporter -- in this case, Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch -- speak to the referee following controversial or confusing rulings.
Question: What was the nature of the penalty called on Seattle?
HOCHULI: It was an illegal formation. The players were all set, but the widest receiver, instead of being up on the line of scrimmage, he was in the backfield, putting only six men on the line of scrimmage. So it's an illegal-formation foul. With the players all set, it's simply an illegal formation. And that's a situation where there is no 10-second runoff. The 10-second runoff people are familiar with is a false start, or when the players never get set before the ball gets snapped. This is not a 10-second runoff situation.
Question: How many penalties are on that list?
HOCHULI: There's only three or four penalties that bring with them a 10-second runoff. The common ones are the false start, or when the teams are not all set. If that happens when there's less than a minute to go in the half, there's a 10-second runoff. But this is just not one of those penalties.