``I could have [tackled] him,'' Cowher said. ``It crossed my mind. But thank God I didn't.''
In a related matter, ABC officials found themselves explaining why viewers never saw the Jaguars kick the extra point after Hudson's touchdown.
Because the clock ran out, some players shook hands and others trotted off the field after Hudson scored. Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin ran toward the dressing room, doffing his cap to fans. Announcer Al Michaels said, ``So much for what should be a game-ending extra-point attempt,'' and signed off the air. Everybody decided the game was over.
Referee Gerry Austin decided otherwise. NFL rules stipulate that teams must attempt the extra point in regulation time, but not in overtime. So Austin ordered the teams back for the kick that made the final score 30-21, a phantom extra point for fans who, by then, were watching their local news or heading off to sleep.
``We knew the rule, but when the coaches and players left the field, we realized it would take a long time to reassemble them,'' ABC spokesman Mark Mandel said. ``We had network obligations to get back to local affiliates. We were stuck in a situation late at night.''