Twitter Reacts to Controversial Overturned Bills Touchdown Against Patriots

Ross Houston
December 25, 2017

Tyrod Taylor hit Kelvin Benjamin for what looked like a four-yard touchdown with two seconds left to play in the first half in New England.

"It's pretty simple - Does it help the Patriots? it's a catch".

Former NFL officiating boss Mike Pereira was among the critics of the overturned call.

But the officials and the NFL's football operations department ruled otherwise.

"Nothing more irritating to an official than to make a great call and then someone in a suit in an office in NY incorrectly reverses it", Pereira added.

The referees believed the 26-year-old gained control of the football with only one foot in bounds, meaning he did not have control while he was dragging his left foot. It certainly wasn't indisputable evidence to overturn the call on the field, which is supposed to be the standard.

Q: On replay, did you feel that was clear and obvious?

CW: Well, he might share it with me before I go into the booth, but during the replay process, Steve is not consulted at that time. A turning point in last week's New England win came when the Steelers' Jesse James was ruled to have lost control of the ball as he hit the ground following a catch, negating a last-minute touchdown that nearly certainly would have given Pittsburgh a crucial victory.

And it involved the New England Patriots again!

Those who don't like the NFL's interpretations of its rules on how to complete a catch are not happy about this one. So, his back foot was already off the ground and it stepped out of bounds. Buffalo will enter Sunday's action with a record of 8-6 and need a win over the Patriots and the Tennessee Titans to lose to the Los Angeles Rams in order to jump into the sixth and final playoff spot in the AFC. The league would surely prefer that everyone simply enjoy the games and complain, if they must, about player performances or coaching decisions, but its video-review process keeps stealing headlines, for the wrong reasons.

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