Updated: Feb 6, 2006, 11:41 AM

Vote: Did the officials steal the Super Bowl?

 Bill Leavy
Will this be the game's lasting image?
The Super Bowl is supposed to be the final showdown between the league's two best teams. But the teams aren't the only folks on the field, and it was the performance of that third group, the officials, dominating much of the morning-after analysis of Super Bowl XL.

It's never good for an official to be a household name the day after a big game, but that's the position referee Bill Leavy is in after his crew was involved in numerous contentious decisions. From Ben Roethlisberger's disputed touchdown run to Darrell Jackson's pass interference penalty, close calls were directly responsible for points going on -- and coming off -- the scoreboard.

So what's your take, SportsNation? Did the officials decide Super Bowl XL, or is this much ado about nothing? And coming on the heels of other officiating controversies in the postseason, does the NFL have a bigger problem on its hands?


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