The NFL has confirmed that referee Clete Blakeman made his own decision to repeat the coin toss prior to overtime in Saturday night's divisional playoff game between the Green Bay Packers and Arizona Cardinals. Although there is no rule requiring the coin to flip during a legal coin toss, the league said Blakeman acted out of "basic fairness" rather than a misinterpretation of protocol.

"There is nothing in the rulebook that specifies [a required flip]," NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement. "But the referee used his judgment to determine that basic fairness dictated that the coin should flip for the toss to be valid. That is why he re-tossed the coin."

The event occurred with captains from both teams gathered at midfield at University of Phoenix Stadium. Packers quarterback and captain Aaron Rodgers called tails, and Blakeman tossed the coin in the air. It did not flip in the air and landed on heads, presumably making the Cardinals the winner.