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Buccaneers did not break any videboard rules

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not violate any league rules with videoboard shenanigans in their final game against the Carolina Panthers in week 17, the NFL told the Charlotte Observer (via Greg Auman).

The Panthers had accused the Bucs of two separate and equally silly attempts to influence the game. First, showing a legal but dirty hit by linebacker Thomas Davis on the screen. Davis made that hit. Fans booed him a bunch after the replay. That’s....all that happened, and yet Panthers coach Ron Rivera had a whole rant about that incident after the game.

Second, the Bucs apparently showed Graham Gano lining up for a field goal, while he was lining up for a field goal. Gano missed three of four field goals that day, so he’d better find something to blame it on. The double goal posts were distracting, Gano claimed, and there’s actually a league rule against distracting kickers. But, y’know, the NFL ruled the Bucs didn’t do anything wrong. So that’s that.

Thus ends our ridiculous but amusing videoboard saga. On to next season.