Originally Posted by jms
ok, I'll give you the pushoff. The ref was right there and you do have to be more careful when he's right there. but I will concede the point that it was a judgment call that was could have been bad.
however the ben touchdown stands because the ball broke the plane before his arm was compressed by the defender. That was the point at which the ball came close to the shoulder.
I agree here. I saw the replay, and the ball shadow image clearly breaks the plane and then retreats back out before hitting the ground. It's a TD by NFL forward progress rule