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Patriots win challenge, trail 7-6 after missed extra point

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 16:  Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium on January 16, 2016 in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Broncos didn’t turn the ball over against the Steelers last weekend, but their streak ran out late in the first quarter of the AFC championship game.

It took a Bill Belichick challenge to make it happen. A pass from Peyton Manning to Ronnie Hillman was ruled incomplete on the field, but Belichick challenged that it was actually an incompletion. Referee Ed Hochuli ruled in Belichick’s favor and the ball went to the Patriots because Jonathan Freeny made a clear recovery.

The pass went off Hillman’s hands, but the back made no effort to grab the ball off the ground. That cost the Broncos most of their lead as Steven Jackson plunged into the end zone two plays later.

The Broncos still lead 7-6 because Stephen Gostkowski missed the extra point. He had made 523 straight extra points before that try, a streak that dated back to the final game of the 2006 season.

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34 Responses to “Patriots win challenge, trail 7-6 after missed extra point”
  1. nfl4dummies says: Jan 24, 2016 3:50 PM

    Clearly a backwards pass. What was Mike Carey watching and how is he still employed? He hasn’t agreed with anything on the field all year. Those are elementary calls. He misses every one of them.

  2. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 24, 2016 3:51 PM

    But he league office hates us!

    – Pats fans

  3. itsfootballfolks says: Jan 24, 2016 3:54 PM

    TJ Ward is a dirty, dirty player. He just dove head first into a player on the ground. Should have been ejected.

  4. dohczeppelin says: Jan 24, 2016 3:54 PM

    I still don’t quite get that call reversal. So because the pass was backwards it counted like a fumble or something?

  5. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    Hochuli is so biased against the Patriots though. Waaaahhhh

  6. fansrus says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    Why wasn’t it a touchdown? He picked up a loose ball and ran it into the end zone. Announcers silent.

  7. We'regonnaneedabiggerboat! says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    Wow only 2nd career miss

  8. jrossizzle says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    I feel ya-
    Blair

  9. skawh says: Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM

    Got into Pat’s kickers head

  10. jchipwood says: Jan 24, 2016 3:57 PM

    Brady throws the ball so well………..at home. But if you watch him during away games he’s terrible. I wonder why that is. Maybe its harder to cheat away. That’s my guess anyway.

  11. fansrus says: Jan 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    Why wasn’t the recovered backwards pass that was picked up ruled a touchdown? Silence from the announcers.

  12. johnodocks says: Jan 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    I thought that calls were to be overturned only if there was indisputable evidence. I don’t think Mike Carey has gotten one of these right for weeks. I think that NY listens to his opinion then goes with the opposite.

  13. dtroxallday says: Jan 24, 2016 3:58 PM

    Nice job by CBS and Simms to barely notice the play and skip to a commercial while it’s being reviewed. Almost as good as being away at another commercial break a few series ago and missing a Pats first down play. We get commercial-second down- third down-punt-commercial. CBS and Simms make football hard to watch.

  14. leroyquimby says: Jan 24, 2016 3:59 PM

    Oddly it was Belichick who pushed for the extra point to be pushed back which got the rule changed.

  15. vancouversportsbro says: Jan 24, 2016 4:00 PM

    Tom Brady can’t even throw a football with proper psi. Nice pick by miller.

  16. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Jan 24, 2016 4:00 PM

    Only points they’ll get today. Stick a fork in these perennial playoff chokers. Can’t cheat, can’t win.

  17. senatorblutarsky says: Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

    Brady. GOAT? BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!!!!!!

  18. kcchefs58 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

    Blowing the play dead cost the Pats a TD. #thefixisin

  19. rcampore says: Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

    fansrus says:
    Jan 24, 2016 3:55 PM
    Why wasn’t it a touchdown? He picked up a loose ball and ran it into the end zone. Announcers silent.

    _______________________________________

    The whistle was blown after he picked the ball up. The play was dead. Also the announcers did speak about it. Learn to listen.

  20. fanofpft says: Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

    They had the wrong cheater kicking ball. That ball was for the 47 yrd FG in the snow.

  21. contender21open says: Jan 24, 2016 4:01 PM

    This is fun to watch.

    Signed
    -No dog in this fight

  22. bonniebengal says: Jan 24, 2016 4:02 PM

    Patriots got a gift there.

  23. savethebs says: Jan 24, 2016 4:02 PM

    Too close to overturn in my opinion but probably did go back like .25 yards. And lame Pats fans telling us how the refs were out to get them.

  24. solo681 says: Jan 24, 2016 4:03 PM

    Broncos D are in Brady’s head and he is playing in FEAR as we just witnessed with that easy interception.

    Broncos have this game.

    Greatly disappointed Patriots fan.

  25. dtroxallday says: Jan 24, 2016 4:11 PM

    And another thing, like the Shazier recovery against Cin, it should have been a td. If they overturn the bad call and grant the turnover, they should allow whatever happens afterward whenever the play really ends…in my opinion.

  26. unomasmore says: Jan 24, 2016 4:12 PM

    Biggest Red Herring in Sports: The NFL hates the Patriots. They love them. Would have been completely within their rights not to overturn that. When it matters, The NFL has Brady’s back. Indisputable? Indisputable???

  27. hivelocityimpactsplatter says: Jan 24, 2016 4:12 PM

    This is hilarious. Game’s not going the Patriots’ way and PFT has to shut down the comment section to protect their fans, LMAO!!

  28. straightehh says: Jan 24, 2016 4:30 PM

    I keep reading that “the whistle had blow after Freeney (NE) picked up the ball”. I watched it several times on DVR and the official 5 yards from the play blows his whistle and waves his arms signalling the play dead. Freeney then bends over and picks it up.

  29. bornahawker says: Jan 24, 2016 5:16 PM

    Horrible allowing a challenge on a dead ball play. Refs need to eat the whistle to benefit both squads.
    Go Hawks!

  30. chris6523 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:30 PM

    The play was blown dead before the Patriots player touched the ball.

  31. davew128 says: Jan 24, 2016 5:56 PM

    savethebs says:
    Jan 24, 2016 4:02 PM
    Too close to overturn in my opinion but probably did go back like .25 yards. And lame Pats fans telling us how the refs were out to get them.
    ***************
    It didn’t have to backward…it had to go FORWARD. Anything else is not a forward pass and a fumble if it hits the ground.

  32. swagger52 says: Jan 24, 2016 6:53 PM

    Brady looks terrible. I guess deflated balls make a difference in the cold weather.

  33. spyboots says: Jan 24, 2016 7:08 PM

    And that missed extra point came back to haunt them.

  34. John Harbaugh Is A Sad, Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Jan 25, 2016 8:45 AM

    “Why wasn’t it a touchdown? He picked up a loose ball and ran it into the end zone. Announcers silent.

    I, like many others, don’t understand why the Pats were allowed to recover the ball in the first place – the play was blown dead BEFORE the Patriots scooped it up. You can hear it, you can see the ref indiciating with his arms. It should have still be Broncos ball. It seemed like the fix was in at that point, luckily Brady tripped over his own Uggs and the Pats lost anyway but it shouldn’t even have been as close as it was.

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