The Bengals were trying to rally back against the Steelers in the final two minutes of Sunday’s game when their hopes were dashed by a Tyler Boyd fumble.
The rookie wide receiver caught a pass from Andy Dalton and lost the ball after a hit by Steelers linebacker James Harrison. Boyd said after the game, via the Dayton Daily News, that his “knee was down clearly” before the ball came out and the play was automatically reviewed as a turnover, but officials upheld the original ruling and the Steelers won 24-16.
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained why things went that way in a Twitter post later on Sunday. Blandino showed several angles of the play, including ones that showed Boyd’s knee touching the turf, but said none of them made it “clear and obvious” that the call on the field is incorrect.
League rules demand a definitive view that the original call was wrong in order for the call to be overturned, which left the Bengals out of luck because of the way officials saw the play in real time.