NFL admits Sammy Watkins got out of bounds with two seconds left

AP

The NFL has admitted that Bills receiver Sammy Watkins got out of bounds with two seconds remaining on Monday night, meaning the Bills should have had time to run one last play in their 20-13 loss to the Patriots.

NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino said on NFL Network on Tuesday night that Watkins rolled out of bounds without being touched, which means the clock should have stopped. The official closest to the play erroneously thought Watkins was giving himself up in the field of play and signaled for the clock to keep running.

“He is down in bounds, but he’s not contacted,” Blandino said as he showed video of the play. “He’s attempting to get out of bounds, you want to give that player the opportunity to get out of bounds, and really, that’s what should have happened.”

For the official right on top of that play to screw it up is a serious mistake. It also doesn’t help matters that the NFL waited until Tuesday night to acknowledge the error. That led to a day of confusion in which many fans, wrongly interpreting the rule, posted on social media that the clock kept running because Watkins wasn’t moving forward when he went out of bounds.

It’s good that the NFL is transparent enough to acknowledge such mistakes, but the league would do better to acknowledge those mistakes more quickly. Even better, of course, would be not to make mistakes in the first place.

208 responses to “NFL admits Sammy Watkins got out of bounds with two seconds left

  1. When is the NFL going to acknowledge Rex should not have been standing on the white part of the field? Where’s the fine for that? That inadvertent whistle stopped a TD. The ref couldn’t see the ball b/ c Rex obstructed his view!The score would have then been 17-3!

  2. I don’t have an issue with this coming out today instead of more quickly. Nothing would have changed.

    However, the two glaring mistakes made in that game by the officials are a big problem. That inadvertent whistle probably took a TD away from the Pats and the last play robbed the Bills of a final shot.

    I don’t care of either of these teams, but it is a shame that the game is being impacted by these refs.

    Also, not much discussion on Rex Ryans involvement on that inadvertent whistle. He was called for a penalty for interfering with the ref and it appears he was blocking his view of the play on the sidelines.

  3. Shocker- i argued with a ton of Pats fans who tried to ‘explain the rule’ to me, guess they are wrong again. This was not even close to the right call and in no way is some mistake. That ref knew the only intention the bills had was to get out of bounds- not to give himself up while still in bounds.

  4. So 2 “blown calls” on each side.

    Bills fans will use this as an excuse but will ignore the FACT that they missed a field goal and Shady let a sure TD get knocked out of his hands.

  5. At this point the replacement refs can’t do any worse. They had one major screw up (fail mary), but the regular refs are having at LEAST one major screw up each week.

  6. “It’s good that the NFL is transparent enough to acknowledge such mistakes, but the league would do better to acknowledge those mistakes more quickly. Even better, of course, would be not to make mistakes in the first place.”

    Why do you hate the NFL so much?

  7. Since this play was obvious to all “FANS”…he went out of bounds without being touched it should have been reviewed.

  8. Doesn’t matter…..the pats should have had an additional td because of the inadvertent whistle …. The result was still the right one regardless of how stupid the refs were

  9. Glad that the league came out and cleared up the controversy regarding this play. Almost every fan watching the game, Patriots or Bills, was confused about the call. Why would a player give himself up when the most important action he could take would be to preserve time on the clock. The error of blowing the whistle was bad but this was just plain dumb. Both teams were affected by poor work of the officials, a much too common situation witch needs to be remedied.

  10. It’s a shame that I can be sitting on my couch and instantly see that. I could have radioed in to the ref’s head set before anyone started leaving the field. I believe that’s what they do in college football. The odds were against Buffalo either way, but I’ll bet those ’72 Dolphins would have at least wanted to see what could have happened. Asterisk? (Kidding)

  11. I’m a big NE fan. Even so, Watkins was clearly trying to get out bounds and was successful in doing just that. Bad call by the officials, just one of many on Monday night.

  12. Blandino seems unaware of the part of the out of bounds rule that says the clock only stops if forward progress is being made when the player goes out of bounds. Watkins was going *backwards*, so the official was still correct.

  13. plum54 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:55 AM

    Every coach on every team stands on the white part of the field, when calling in plays they actually get ON the field. Its something thats never called- ever. And if you watch the play, the ref NEVER threw a flag- at all. Since when can you let a play develope, see how it turns out, then go “well i saw a penalty, but i didnt throw a flag, but yea now were going to enforce it.” If rex did something wrong, the ref would have thrown a flag, thats how penalties work.

  14. Can someone please explain to me how and why I have to read about the NFL apologizing for a referee’s mistake EVERY SINGLE WEEK? Clean it up already! This is an absolute joke.

  15. I don’t think anyone who isn’t delusional thinks the Bills having one more play would have changed the outcome.

    Taylor could barely throw a shovel pass 5 yards a play or 2 before that and he was in serious pain. Any “hail mary” he would have thrown would have been about 30 yards shy of the end zone.

  16. Officiating errors suck and there clearly is a problem that has to be fixed but the truth of the matter it is an EXTREMELY rare event when they actually determine the outcome of a game.

    Then why do people constantly complain about it and claim they do?

    Well one segment is the betting population. Many many more people lose than win when they bet (duh) but it can’t be their fault they lost because they made a dumb bet. It has to be “that call” or “that no call”

    Or, of course, fans. You can’t go on any fan forum when a team losses and not see a significant portion of the comments blaming the officials. Obviously the officials favor/hate all 32 teams equally.

    At LEAST 99% of the time, the team that should have won, won and the team that should have lost, lost. Yes lets make this better but it gets way too much attention and the constant attention to it REALLY DOES have the potential to ruin the game.

  17. The real question is, why wasn’t this automatically reviewed? Last 2 minutes, and it is a question of “did the receiver go out of bounds?” Not only did the ref blow it, the league officials blew it by not signalling for a review.

  18. cliverush says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:00 AM

    Glad that the league came out and cleared up the controversy regarding this play. Almost every fan watching the game, Patriots or Bills, was confused about the call. Why would a player give himself up when the most important action he could take would be to preserve time on the clock. The error of blowing the whistle was bad but this was just plain dumb. Both teams were affected by poor work of the officials, a much too common situation witch needs to be remedied.
    ———————-
    Why would a player do that? Because in the heat of the moment, some players do wrong things.

    This year, Eli told his running back not to score at the end of the game so they could continue running the clock, but scoring would have put them up by at least two scores.

    in 2008, from deep in his own end zone where he should have taken a knee, McKelvin decided to bring the ball out and lost it. This gave the Pats the ball around the 20. 2 plays later, Brady throws the winning touchdown. I think they were in the final two minutes as well.

  19. The NFL wants safety first. They’ve been drilling that into the refs heads for several years. Official thinks player is giving himself up he blows the whistle to protect the player. End of story.

    Like ‘forward progress’: At what point is the official supposed to blow the whistle to protect the player? He makes a judgment call and is told to err on the side of player safety.

  20. “Every coach on every team stands on the white part of the field, when calling in plays they actually get ON the field. Its something thats never called- ever”

    I’ve seen it called a couple time over the years but more importantly is the disingenuous way you present this.

    Rex wasn’t just “standing on the white”, he walked directly in front of the official so he could not see the development play and interfered with the play. That’s why he got the penalty, not just because “he was standing in the white area”

  21. My Bad? Blandino will need to do better than that seeing that he is making these excuses for obvious gaffes in a weekly basis.
    The same ref blew the call in a catch a few plays earlier when Watkins had a knee down before going out of bounds. The same ref was 6′ away with an unobstructed view of both calls and got both of them wrong.
    The same ref will be calling a game next weekend, well positioned to affect the outcome with another horrible call.

  22. harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:07 AM

    I am glad you know more about Tyrods arm than Tyrod knows about his own arm. Not to mention for the hail mary we could have easily brought in EJ. The fact is, we still had a chance- the ref’s took that away from us. On a ridiculous call anyone on this thread could have made. If it was your team, you wouldnt be happy about it either.

  23. The NFL has jumped the shark I’m afraid. Far too many officiating mistakes. They seem to be taking the lead from our government by not following the laws/rules they’ve enacted.

    How about this for a solution: focus all efforts on “the play” by forgetting about things that happen on the periphery (actions that don’t directly affect the outcome of the play), – involve replay by someone other than the field ref’s – speed is needed here. Let the coaches appeal everything. Deal with the things that happen away from the play with fines and suspensions, the only notable exception being personal foul type infractions. See, that was easy.

    Come one NFL get this right, now (or by next season at the latest). The refs are ruining the game and that’s no freaking joke.

  24. From a purely rules standpoint this was as bad as it gets, depriving a losing team of their final play. Doesn’t really matter how remote the possibility of success was. As a NE fan staying up to watch the whole game I honestly thought they’d bring the teams back on the field and play the last play. Couldn’t believe they let it stand at the time.

  25. tqaztec says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:09 AM

    Can’t wait until this crap happens in the SB
    ************
    It already did in SB 40. Google “worst officiated game in NFL history” and you’ll get hundreds of hits mentioning SB 40. Absolute cluster you-know-what of a game. Seattle actually should have two SB rings.

  26. When the league came out and said the unnecessary roughness call on Chris Culliver hitting Greg Olsen was the correct call; I said to myself, WELL I GUESS I AM WRONG (for thinking that Culliver could not have played the ball better).

  27. As a Bills fan, I can safely say we will get another chance in Jan 2016 at these guys. Hopefully they send a mildly competent crew.

  28. OK so when are the refs gonna answer why they did not call any face guarding pass interference penalties on the Pats? Did they forget that rule also? That no call took away at least one TD for the Bills……

  29. So tired of these game altering calls. Call against Olsen in Redskins game results in 14 point swing. Now this. Why not get instant replay on these calls? Also, the total number of accepted penalties has been trending up for year and more and more are “judgement-type” calls. I am getting fed up with the complexity of the calls and the slowing of the game. This needs to be fixed.

  30. madmike66 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:09 AM

    The real question is, why wasn’t this automatically reviewed? Last 2 minutes, and it is a question of “did the receiver go out of bounds?” Not only did the ref blow it, the league officials blew it by not signalling for a review.

    They consider it a judgment call, therefore not reviewable.

    Which coach is leading the charge for ALL plays to be reviewable, again?

  31. “I give up… oh crap, I have to get out of bounds….”

    That’s about how it went down.

    Maybe if Watkins didn’t lay down like a baby and slither out of bounds they would have had another play.

    Don’t blame the refs just because your million dollar 1st round pick receiver doesn’t like contact.

  32. I find it absolutely mesmerizing that people are more upset about that error — which the Bills didn’t even contest — than they are about Rex Ryan personally stopping a Patriots TD. Your injured, mediocre QB was not going to throw a 60 yard TD bomb to Sammy MeMe Watkins, who was already buried up to his neck in the sand on Butler Island. That it even came down to this just goes to show how insanely unfair that “inadvertent” whistle was.

  33. sonhoodoo says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:09 AM

    …in 2008, from deep in his own end zone where he should have taken a knee, McKelvin decided to bring the ball out and lost it. This gave the Pats the ball around the 20. 2 plays later, Brady throws the winning touchdown. I think they were in the final two minutes as well.

    2009, actually. Was Brady’s first game back after missing most of ’08 when his knee got Bernard Pollarded.

  34. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:06 AM
    plum54 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:55 AM

    Every coach on every team stands on the white part of the field, when calling in plays they actually get ON the field. Its something thats never called- ever. And if you watch the play, the ref NEVER threw a flag- at all. Since when can you let a play develope, see how it turns out, then go “well i saw a penalty, but i didnt throw a flag, but yea now were going to enforce it.” If rex did something wrong, the ref would have thrown a flag, thats how penalties work.
    ———————————-
    They shouldn’t do it because it can obscure the officials’ view or work, but usually they just get a verbal. However, in this case Rex got directly in the way of the line judge at the critical moment and right next to the play which blocked the judge and caused the whistle. This stopped the Pats getting an easy TD, so under the circumstances Rex and the Bills got off lightly. Rex should be fined too – you may balk at that but if that had been BB you and half the league’s trolls would be screaming for a ban.

  35. “The official closest to the play erroneously thought Watkins was giving himself up in the field of play and signaled for the clock to keep running.”

    —————————————–

    the official on the field erroneously thought nothing- the official on the field was evidently trying to get the game over with. He’s the same one that called the incomplete pass the play before that he was staring right at.

  36. Hell, screw social media. Most of the internet refs on this site were saying they got that play right, in spite of knowledgeable people saying it was wrong.

  37. Took them two days to figure this out, did it? Good job NFL. Glad you caught up.

    As a NE fan staying up to watch the whole game I honestly thought they’d bring the teams back on the field and play the last play. Couldn’t believe they let it stand at the time.

    Good lord, remember the time they did that vs. the Dolphins, eons ago? There were guys in towels on the sidelines, after being pulled out of the locker room so they could watch a Bledsoe hail mary. So weird.

    I’ll have to look up what year that was. Too lazy right now.

  38. The idea that the NFL did something wrong by waiting to deal with the problem until Tuesday night is laughable. That is incredible speed for the NFL. They only deal with things as is required and defined by their Public Relations needs and interests. That they commented at all was no doubt a calculated PR decision, having nothing to do with what’s right and wrong.

  39. OK so when are the refs gonna answer why they did not call any face guarding pass interference penalties on the Pats? Did they forget that rule also? That no call took away at least one TD for the Bills……

    No such thing as illegal face guarding.

  40. gregbeau: That rule applies when forward progress is stopped. Forward progress requires a defender making contact. Since no defender made contact, forward progress does not come into play. Had a defender made contact and Watkins went backward out of bounds, forward progress would have been stopped inbounds, and the clock runs.

    Otherwise, anytime a runner moves backwards, the ball would always be be placed at the forward progress mark. So when Devin Hester runs backwards 20 yards on a punt return without being touched and gets contacted and tackled after, it wouldn’t matter since his forward progress was 20 yards further up. That would make no sense. He chose to run backwards, so that moves the forward progress mark to where he attempted to go forward again or gets contacted by a defender.

    It was a bad call. One of many this year.

  41. dansardo says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:07 AM

    Officiating errors suck and there clearly is a problem that has to be fixed but the truth of the matter it is an EXTREMELY rare event when they actually determine the outcome of a game.
    —————————

    There have been 5+ instances this season where a missed or blown call by the referees have directly affected the outcome of a game. It’s probably been more like 1 a week.

    To me, that is not a rare event.

    And I am not talking about pick plays or holding calls like everyone likes to cry about.

  42. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:56 AM
    Hail Mary touchdown Rex goes for 2 Buffalo WINS ! Patriots preferential treatment continues !
    =============
    (1) Inadvertent whistle sure as crap didn’t help the Patriots.
    (2) Huge leap of faith hail mary succeeds (especially with Taylor having a bad collar bone).
    (3) Huge leap of faith 2 pt conversion succeeds. Forget the fact Rex would have kicked the extra point to bring it to OT.

    Preferential treatment … rolls eyes. Good luck selling that.

  43. dirtysouthironmen says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:00 AM
    I wonder if Blandino and Goodell chuckle every time they admit a mistake.

    They mustn’t be a very jolly bunch then since they make tons of mistakes, lie and very rarely admit to anything negative, least of all a mistake.

    Time for the two bozos to get back in the clown car and drive to a different circus. They’re ruining the NFL.

    How can you choose a guy who never played football or refereed a game to be the Vice President of officiating?

    Oh, right, cronyism. Another one of Rodger’s water carrying yes men.

  44. “than they are about Rex Ryan personally stopping a Patriots TD”

    ————————————————
    what are you talking about? – the official blew the whistle so that play wasn’t going to count no matter where Ryan was.

    pay attention

  45. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:12 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:07 AM

    I am glad you know more about Tyrods arm than Tyrod knows about his own arm. Not to mention for the hail mary we could have easily brought in EJ. The fact is, we still had a chance- the ref’s took that away from us. On a ridiculous call anyone on this thread could have made. If it was your team, you wouldnt be happy about it either.
    —————–
    Oh, if you are looking to balance things out, why not give the Pats back their TD for the inadvertent whistle. Then you can have you Hail Mary with 2 seconds left down by 14.

  46. From 2015 NFL Rulebook

    SECTION 2 DEAD BALL
    ARTICLE 1. DEAD BALL DECLARED. An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended:
    (a) …
    (b) …
    (c) …
    (d) when a runner declares himself down by:
    (1) falling to the ground, or kneeling, and clearly making no immediate effort to advance
    (2) …

    The official subjectively felt Watkins fell to the ground and clearly made no immediate effort to advance. The replay shows he scooted backwards (instead of forward) by about a yard while lying on the ground.

    I think Watkins was off-balance and thus fell to the ground while trying to make the catch, instead of falling after having already made the catch, so I would’ve stopped the clock.

  47. ecarlso8 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:19 AM

    OK so when are the refs gonna answer why they did not call any face guarding pass interference penalties on the Pats? Did they forget that rule also? That no call took away at least one TD for the Bills……
    ———————

    Because face guarding is not a penalty in the NFL.

  48. “Rex should be fined too – you may balk at that but if that had been BB you and half the league’s trolls would be screaming for a ban.”

    And a fine, the biggest in history, and loss of draft picks, and of course, suspend Brady even though he didn’t do anything, but he must have at least been “generally aware” Watkins was out of bounds, (even though we have no shots of Brady looking at the field) and didn’t say anything.

    ****Cheaters**** All Bills wins by the Pats should now be vacated, for this is further proof the Patriots will do anything to beat the Bills even making the Refs make bad calls. They probably had the ref’s grandson in a locker room somewhere and said if you don’t make up for our lost touchdown, you’ll never see the kid again. And filmed it too.

  49. I think Blandino is wrong. Article 1e stipulates a dead ball can be called when the guy either slides feet first, kneels, or otherwise “stops advancing” the ball. As Watkins went a little backwards to go out of bounds the ball had stopped being advanced. A lot of refs would stop the clock but technically they’d be wrong.

  50. So now Buffalonians and the rest of the Hateroids are loving Blandino, until next time? Precious 🙂

    Lets compare, a catch and opportunity for a TD or at least to be in field goal range vs a chance to throw up a chance for the refs to blow a PI on the Pats?

    Yeah, you guys are all about integrity of the game. Grow up and deal with the calls. We got by for many years before the Participation Trophy generation came along with their caterwauling about cheatin every 5 minutes. Funny how you never hear from these folks when they win due to bad calls.

  51. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:35 AM
    “than they are about Rex Ryan personally stopping a Patriots TD”

    ————————————————
    what are you talking about? – the official blew the whistle so that play wasn’t going to count no matter where Ryan was.

    pay attention


    Yes, you should pay attention,

    The ref blew the whistle BECAUSE of where Rex was.

  52. skoobyfl says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:16 AM
    As a Bills fan, I can safely say we will get another chance in Jan 2016 at these guys. Hopefully they send a mildly competent crew.

    ——————-

    Safely? You guys have a decent shot, but you better win in KC first — that’s a hot team and a hostile environment. You have a challenging schedule left. I can understand, and respect, the hope, but Buffalo even making the playoffs is far from a done deal.

  53. Rex jumped into the field to direct his player when Brady scrambled toward the sideline trying to find Amendola downfield.

    Yet, Rex let this play went unchallenged when EJ Manuel could have made a Hail Mary pass.

    He did earn his Wrecks Ryan name.

  54. “OK so when are the refs gonna answer why they did not call any face guarding pass interference penalties on the Pats?”

    Face guarding has not been a penalty for years.

    Given how frequently the league changes what are penalties and what aren’t I can understand why you missed the change, but it was taken off the penalty list 10+ years ago.

  55. Dean Blandino DID NOT say the call was wrong. I watched the actual NFLN segment, and all Blandino said was that the official could have given Watkins a little more time to get out of bounds even though he wasn’t moving forward anymore.

    The official saw Watkins stopped advancing the football, so he blew the whistle which is the right technical call. Blandino suggested the official could’ve also held off on the whistle to see what Watkins could do would also have been acceptable to the league too.

  56. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:57 AM

    Shocker- i argued with a ton of Pats fans who tried to ‘explain the rule’ to me, guess they are wrong again. This was not even close to the right call and in no way is some mistake. That ref knew the only intention the bills had was to get out of bounds- not to give himself up while still in bounds.
    ———-

    I’m one of those that was arguing with you yesterday. I want to make clear that I believe Watkins’ intent was in fact to get out of bounds in order to stop the clock. That I have never tried to say otherwise.

    However Blandino says he was down inbounds, but not contacted. I will still argue that the officials call was correct, because of what Rule 7, Section 2 says (this is copy/pasted directly from the NFL’s website)

    Section 2 – Dead Ball

    Article 1. Dead Ball Declared

    An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended:
    a.when a runner is contacted by an opponent
    and touches the ground with any part of
    his body other than his hands or feet. The
    ball is dead the instant the runner touches
    the ground. A runner touching the ground
    with his hands or feet while in the grasp of
    an opponent may continue to advance; or

    Note: If, after contact by an opponent, any
    part of a runner’s leg above the ankle or
    any part of his arm above the wrist touches
    the ground, the runner is down.

    b.when a runner is held or otherwise
    restrained so that his forward progress
    ends
    c.when a quarterback immediately drops to
    his knee (or simulates dropping to his
    knee) behind the line of scrimmage

    Note: If a quarterback does not immediately
    drop to a knee, and contact from a rushing
    defender is unavoidable, it is not a foul
    unless the defender commits some other act
    that would constitute unnecessary
    roughness.

    d.when a runner declares himself down by:
    1.falling to the ground, or kneeling, and
    clearly making no immediate effort to
    advance

    2.sliding feet-first on the ground. When
    a runner slides feet first, the ball is
    dead the instant he touches the ground
    with anything other than his hands or
    his feet

    (note: it goes on to more points e, f, etc., but they are other scenarios that don’t apply)

    Article 1 (d) defines 2 ways a player is deemed to “give himself up”, the first of which applies to Watkins…..he caught the ball, turned slightly upfield, saw the defender approaching him, fell back onto his butt inbounds before rolling out of bounds.

    Now Blandino is apparently adding a level of “intent” that is not indicated in the rule. Nor does the rule indicate there needs to be contact by the defense, as Blandino seems to suggest. The act of going to the ground while inbounds while not trying to advance deems him to be down and the ball dead, without any regard to what his intent was or defensive player contact.

    That is why I believe the official’s judgment was that he “gave himself up”, as was said right after the game, not because the official felt that Watkins was giving up on the play, but because what occurred fit the rules’ definition of a player “giving himself up”.

    I don’t doubt that Watkins intended to get out of bounds; of course he did. But to say that the call was wrong when in fact it fits the rule exactly as it is written, Blandino is throwing the official under the bus.

    The funny part of this is…..I wouldn’t be complaining about the call if the official had stopped the clock. Sounds strange after everything I have written on this, but the problem is the rule itself, not the officials’ implementation of the rule.

  57. I find myself almost longing for “scab” refs, who as bad as they were probably had more consistency than these guys. Worst year of NFL refereeing EVER.

  58. Hey Paulrevershorse,

    again, you waste your time. Hateroids heard what they wanted, ears are now shut, brains disengaged.

    Good job on your research though. And I agree with your assessment as I’ve seen this called before Monday night.

  59. The ref had to get home. He hired his babysitter for only 4 hours….the typical game time in Roger’s New NFL.
    Wait…..hold……….the refs are talking…..go to commercial.
    Injured player…..go to commercial
    punt…..commercials
    TD…….commercials
    FG…….commercials
    Extra point…….commercials
    3 and out…….commercials
    Extra point……….commercials
    turnover…….commercials
    TV timeout……….commercials
    Kickoff……..commercials
    halftime…….commercials

    See what’s happening….the league is making huge extra dollars dragging these games on for the extra 30-60 minutes.
    GREED has WON….at the fans expense. The Full 32 has decided your time is valuable……to them!!!!

  60. There have been lots of officials’ errors lately, but what can’t happen is reviewing the outcome of every play in order to make sure the correct call was made. If the NFL can’t fix these issues without slowing down the game even more, I think that we are going to have to accept the fact that officiating errors are going to occur. These 4+ hour games are painful enough to watch without the extra scrutiny on every play.

  61. Pats fan here. Bills fans have a right to be upset, the call on Watkins was clearly bogus. And so was the inadvertent whistle on Brady/Amendola earlier.

    That said, I don’t think any one of those calls materially affected the outcome. The Patriots probably had a better chance of scoring a touchdown without the inadvertent whistle than the Bills had of getting a Hail Mary at the end. Whatever.

    We can (rightfully) criticize the officials for getting these wrong, but I’ll bet making the correct call on the field all the time, in real time, is nowhere near as easy as it sounds. I’m willing to cut them some slack.

  62. Will you Pats homers please stop acting as if that inadvertent whistle was an automatic touchdown. It’s getting obnoxious. Watch the replay again… this time with open eyes. There was a Bills defender right behind Amendola. A defender who had “let up” because he heard the whistle and was STILL close enough to make the tackle had he needed to. And I guess we’re just going to forget about the other Bills defender who was covering a different receiver farther down the field who also could have stopped Amendola from scoring. Yes the Patriots got screwed on that play and Amendola should have had a chance to shake his defender(s) but it was NOT an automatic touchdown. Had he caught it in the end zone I would agree with you, but he didn’t. The officiating for this game was absolutely horrible all night and affected both teams and the NFL should be completely embarrassed with themselves.

  63. Two games in two weeks that a refs call could have had a direct effect on the result of the game. Granted this is not as obvious as the Jaguars – Ravens error that did cost a game, this is more speculative but it is now weekly that games are affected, money changes hands that shouldn’t and unless someone is funding these errors then we should soon be hearing a huge outcry from people who are legally gambling on teams and errors are affecting their payouts. When someone who is influential and has power loses a boatload of money (like someone in congress) the stuff will hit the fan.

  64. Never fails at Cheatville stadium. Refs have been cheating for NE at Cheatville stadium for 15 years. Started with the bogus tuck rule & continues. Bobby kraft must pay very well.

  65. peytonwantsaflag says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:35 AM

    what are you talking about? – the official blew the whistle so that play wasn’t going to count no matter where Ryan was.

    pay attention
    ==========
    Unfortunately you are 100% wrong. The whistle was blown specifically because of Ryan. To say it wouldn’t count based on where Ryan was is categorically false.

  66. All those pointing to the “giving himself up”, bear in mind that the term “advancing” does not say that the runner has to go forward.

    Again, forward progress does not come into play when a runner goes backwards on his own. Running backs, QBs, receivers and kick returners go backwards on a regular basis. Forward progress mark is moved to where they were contacted, run out of bounds, etc. This includes back-pedaling (for reference, see numerous QB sacks in any given year).

    He clearly made an immediate attempt to advance the ball out of bounds. Was he going forward? No. But it makes no difference as long as he wasn’t contacted. He was not on the ground, he was back-pedaling. He didn’t touch the ground with his butt until he knew he was close enough to roll backwards out of bounds.

    Had any defender touched him in any way, the call would have been the correct one.

    When you know you only have a second or two of time at most, you simply do whatever you can to get out of bounds. Catching the ball, then turning upfield, then angling out of bounds would cost too much time. It also runs the risk of having the defender get there to stop forward progress before getting the ball out of bounds. The only answer was the most immediate path out of bounds without contact.

    That said, just about every team in the NFL this year has had calls that are either inconsistent, confusing, or flat out incorrect. The best thing any team can do is put themselves in a position where a win isn’t affected by a bad call.

    Not a fan of either team, so the outcome didn’t upset me so much as the frustration of yet another bad call in the game.

  67. Letgobuffalo4: regarding where coaches are allowed to stand , you are incorrect . This is from the rule book”while play is in progress there will be no coaches or players within the white boarder,thus avoiding possible interference with the officiating of the game” . Rex had no business standing on that white border! NONE!!!
    He should be disciplined!

  68. @Mo’ Pro Babble

    and yeah, I know. Sometimes I can’t help it though.

    It would be hilarious if the officials’ union came out with a statement saying the calls were right on both the Watkins and Amendola plays.

  69. Regardless of the mistakes, the game is over and there is nothing that can be done to change the outcome. As for Pats fans claiming that the inadvertent whistle stopped a TD is like saying the 2 seconds left on the clock stopped a potential TD. As for the inadvertent whistle play, if you watched or see the replay, once the whistle blew, the defenders stopped and pulled up…playing to the whistle as taught. Even if they wouldn’t have stopped there was a safety deep in the backfield who had a chance at the tackle if the play had continued. So you can say with 100% certainty that the Pats would have scored a TD on that play. As for the Sammy Watkins play at the end of the game, Sammy got out of bounds like he should have done to try to stop the clock being the Bills have no timeouts. NFL made that mistake and admitted to it, so for those of you that still continue to claim it was the right call…since when were you a NFL rules expert? Yes it was enough time for one more play and chances are slim that it would have amounted to a TD, however crazier things have happened and it very well could have sent the game into OT. So with that said, Pats were robbed of a potential TD and Buffalo was robbed of a potential TD. If Bills and Pats fans can agree on one thing, besides hating the Jets and Dolphins, its that the officiating is this game was horrid and it more than likely changed the outcome, score, winner, etc. BTW, how do any of us on this site know that Tyrod couldn’t make that throw, lots of comments regarding his arm strength. We all Sit at home and watch the game as fans, and we sure as heck aren’t the experts when it comes to his abilities.

  70. Mo’ Pro Babble says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:45 AM

    peytonwantsaflag says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:35 AM
    “than they are about Rex Ryan personally stopping a Patriots TD”

    ————————————————
    what are you talking about? – the official blew the whistle so that play wasn’t going to count no matter where Ryan was.

    pay attention


    Yes, you should pay attention,

    The ref blew the whistle BECAUSE of where Rex was.

    ———————————————-

    are we talking about the same play? the play with the inadvertent whistle? Everything I’ve read states, including a post on this site, statesthe whistle was blown because the ref lost track of the ball and thought Brady ran out of bounds.

  71. yorkmustgo says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:07 PM
    Do you ever wonder if Roger Goodell bets on games?

    __________
    Not as much as I’d like to see the refs’ fantasy football bets on Draftking and Fantasy Duel.

    At forty Mil I doubt Roger needs the dough. But part time refs?

  72. flash1287 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:58 AM

    So 2 “blown calls” on each side.

    Bills fans will use this as an excuse but will ignore the FACT that they missed a field goal and Shady let a sure TD get knocked out of his hands.

    Ive never seen you once add anything of relevance to any post so I am going to play devil’s advocate, just so you don’t waste anybody’s time (any more).
    Nobody is implying that the Bills win that game if this error does not occur. But the fact is that strange things have happened and the Bills (any team for that matter) deserved an opportunity to chuck the ball down field, if the time was supposed to allow it (and it was ).

    But being a Pats fan, you fail, fail, fail to see the bigger picture. Had you lost all we would hear about is the bad calls against your team, and I am saying they weren’t just bad, they were horrific, almost to the point of fireable.

    But the bigger picture is that these refs are blowing far too many calls and are literally destroying the game that we all love. If you are a Pats fan, I am guess that one of the reasons is that they represent the city or region that means everything to you, like most fans. You are winning so things may seem inconsequential but these games are absolutely being crushed at refs not knowing the rules, or the league being unable to determine what a catch is.

    You should want the league and the refs to get this right because someday when TB is not playing and you are a regular team like the rest of us, it will effect you.

  73. Why do people keep saying NE was robbed of a TD? Was the pass into the endzone? Did he score on the play? That is open for debate, it was Glass-man Amendola after all, probably would have broke his collarbone, or got bitten by the turf monster, the fact is nobody knows if Amendola would have actually scored. Now, the last blown call with 2 seconds robbed the Bills of a chance to win/tie the game, and that is a fact.

  74. heyguru69 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:50 AM

    I find myself almost longing for “scab” refs, who as bad as they were probably had more consistency than these guys. Worst year of NFL refereeing EVER.
    ——————————

    You people that want the replacement refs back must have short memories.

    Missed calls, wrong calls, throwing flags for no reason, coaches goading them into throwing flags. It was a complete joke.

    It was great for those that like the referees to “let the players play”.

  75. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:56 AM

    Hail Mary touchdown Rex goes for 2 Buffalo WINS ! Patriots preferential treatment continues !
    ——————————————————
    Hail Mary touchdown Rex goes for 2. QB snaps ball and smashes into lineman’s butt resulting in a fumble. Rex does it (loses) again!

  76. rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:22 PM

    Why do people keep saying NE was robbed of a TD? Was the pass into the endzone? Did he score on the play? That is open for debate, it was Glass-man Amendola after all, probably would have broke his collarbone, or got bitten by the turf monster, the fact is nobody knows if Amendola would have actually scored. Now, the last blown call with 2 seconds robbed the Bills of a chance to win/tie the game, and that is a fact.
    ——————————-

    Lawl.

  77. During Monday’s “C’mon Man” segment, Jackson criticized the officials for calling roughing on Linval Joseph’s minor bump of Rodgers after letting Mike Neal practically kill Teddy Bridgewater on an earlier play.

    When you watch the two clips back-to-back, the contrast really is pretty stark.

    Neal not only gives Bridgwater a shot in the head while taking him down, he also grabs facemask and drives Bridgewater’s shoulder into the turf.

  78. They refs are meant to be NEUTRAL observers of the game.

    The following are some reasons that full time officials would work:

    1. Unlike other pro sport leagues, the NFL only plays once per week

    2. The league should hire former NFL who were injured or college athletes who didn’t get picked up so their familiarity with the game allows them to better understand as a “NEUTRAL” entity when an infraction would impact the outcome of the play and when to recognize but not enforce a non-impacting occurrence.

    3. During the season on off days they could conference with each other to discuss common concerns or possible issues which have occurred and as a group formulate a unified approach to address in the future similar concerns.

    4. Just as an athlete, watch film to better understand where they should be positioned and should be looking for during plays.

    5. During the off season refine all of the above.

  79. Blandino, like Goodell takes a couple days to see which way the wind is blowing then comes out and yet again throws an official under the bus. Let’s just say for argument that in the officials judgment Watkins forward progress had stopped in bounds. He stopped moving for a second then realized he needed to get out of bounds and butt wiggled his way out. Look, my point is it’s the officials judgment to make in the blink of an eye. That’s what ref’s and umpires are there for, for crying out loud. Give that same ref 2 days to think it over and maybe he changes his mind especially after being threatened with his job. Blandino makes crap up as he goes along. Show me where intent is mentioned in the rule book? Either the players forward motion stops or it doesn’t. The league and the media have made it virtually impossible to officiate a game. The McCoy td is the perfect example. Called no TD at first then they talk it over and boom, TD. Why? So it could be reviewed. Plain and simple. This is a game played by humans and should have humans making the judgment calls. Period. Football has always had controversy and in all honesty it made for great history. I despise instant replay and what it has taken from THE GAME! Newer isn’t always better. For the history buffs and stats freaks, don’t you think about how all records pre replay are null and void? How many TD’s weren’t called? How many were called that shouldn’t have been? Receptions? Please don’t get me started on the virtual changing of the way the entire game is played thru rule changes. Bad calls happen in every single game because humans aren’t perfect. It is clear now that instant replay isn’t and never will be either. So embrace the debate, the “we got screwed” or the “ref’s gave them the game”. It’s what makes sport so damned interesting. Get rid of instant replay and for goodness sakes Blandino just keep your pie hole shut and let the judgments be what they are.

  80. If you look at a picture showing the point that the ref blew the whistle, Rex is on the white out of bounds line, no question. The referee is almost 2 yards off the field, into the Bills bench. He was WAY out of position. And, for those of you who say that Rex did it intentionally, he must be able to see the future. He figures out, on a nanosecond, that Brady is rolling right, being chased, and knows that Amendola is open. He then decides, in that same nanosecond, that if he walks onto the white sideline stripe and obstructs the referee’s view, the ref will blow the play dead, thereby blowing up the TD pass. THAT’s your theory? From the people who constantly troll Rex as a boob? Now who’s delusional?

  81. The NFL trots out a former standup comedian to explain away something that actually affects the “integrity of the shield” on a weekly basis.
    Yet little is done.
    On the other hand, it will spend millions of dollars foolishly attempting to drag down its most visible star for something that has zero impact on the on-field product.
    Yep. Goodell is some kind of leader.

  82. In response to a New York Jets staff member tripping a Miami Dolphins player along the sideline during a game, the NFL on Thursday issued a memo to all teams reminding them of longstanding rules regarding bench area borders and restrictions.

    The memo, issued by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, states that no coaches or players are allowed in the “first border” — the solid white six-foot (minimum) area that separates the field from the sideline. Only game officials and the chain crew are allowed in the “first border” because of safety concerns.
    This is why Rex was wrong. He blocked the view of the official who lost track of the ball. costing a NE TD.

  83. Steratore should have had an officials challenge and said he went out of bounds. To me, that’s the biggest mistake. One guy can make a bad call based on what he saw live, but they are supposed to review it, not walk off the field.

  84. Wide right.
    Foot in the crease.
    Music City miracle.
    Watkins out of bounds.

    One way or another, Buffalo will never win a thing.

  85. If the NFL really gave a damn about the “Integrity” of the game. All they would have to do is hire full time refs and take part of Rodger’s ridiculous pay checks to pay them.
    Hey , if Hoculey can’t give up his law practice. So be it. I’m sure their are competent people out there that are willing to work all week on their “JOBS”.

  86. I posted several times that the call was correct. And based on the rule as stated and other things I thought it was.

    So first and most important, I was wrong.

    But second, and at least somewhat important – why again do we have confusion? I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t know the rules to a game I’ve been watching for over 50 years.

  87. Pat fans who don’t get how the refs helped the Pats on the inadvertent whistle play.

    Simple really, play is supposed to stop at whistle. No way Danny had the ball at whistle (even PFT points that out)

    Refs gifted the Pats with the catch

    What don’t you chowder heads get???

  88. “The memo, issued by NFL executive vice president of football operations Ray Anderson, states that no coaches or players are allowed in the “first border” — the solid white six-foot (minimum) area that separates the field from the sideline. Only game officials and the chain crew are allowed in the “first border” because of safety concerns.”

    Issued a memo you say. Isn’t that what Spygate was about? Not a rule change, but a memo?

    Let’s dock the Bill’s a first round draft choice, fine Rex half a million dollars, and from now on, every Rex win, past and future, must have at least one * to it.

    Oh, and bar him and any player to ever play for him from ever entering Canton, because we all know, just because it’s always been done, a memo changes everything and makes him a life long cheater. Right hater nation?

  89. I’m going to point something out here.

    When people point out that Rex should have gotten a penalty for standing where he shouldn’t have been, they get screamed at because “every team does it.” As we saw, this negated a play that would have (probably) resulted in a TD. It actually affected a game.

    However, when it’s (accurately) pointed out that “every team was doing it” regarding taping the first few minutes of a single game from the sidelines, the same people scream “that’s no excuse!” That’s the extent of Spygate, by the way, for all you bandwagon fans. And that had zero outcome on any game.

    It’s like when the Republicans wanted to hang Clinton for inhaling pot as a college student, but when it was pointed out that little Bush smoked crack and went AWOL, these same Republicans claimed it didn’t matter because it was in the past.

  90. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:56 AM
    Hail Mary touchdown Rex goes for 2 Buffalo WINS ! Patriots preferential treatment continues !

    ========================================

    thanks for the best laugh of my day, pats have special treatment because the bills lost an opportunity at an extremely low percentage hail mary but no issues with a play being whistled dead which would have resulted in a TD or at least 50 yards, no issue with a no call personal foul on Brady during the interception, and no call personal foul for going low on brady for a sack.

    the worst offciating game ever but anyone with a brain would tell you that the calls were more in favor of the bills then then the pats

  91. Jrosizzle: did you actually see the play? It would have been a TD if Rex had not broken the rules & blocked the ref because Rex was illegally standing in the white zone. The ref then blew the whistle,costing a TD.

  92. This multi-billion dollar league crows about the “integrity of the game” but won’t pay to employ and train full-time referees. If it really cared, the league would “draft” (preferably younger and fit) referees. Once on the referee team, they would go through a program of physical training, rules study, and film review. Only those meeting requirements pertaining to rules mastery and physical fitness would make the “starting team.” There should be as much of an investment (in both dollars and training) in the refs as there is in the players. The refs should be just as fit and sharp as the players. Foolproof? No, but it would be a good-faith demonstration on the part of the league that all its “integrity” talk is more than just lip service.

  93. SECTION 1 NON-PLAYER CONDUCT
    ARTICLE 1. NON-PLAYER FOULS. …
    ARTICLE 2. TEAM ATTENDANTS MAY ENTER FIELD DURING TIMEOUT. …
    ARTICLE 3. BENCH CREDENTIALS. …
    ARTICLE 4. RESTRICTED AREAS. All team personnel must observe the zone restrictions applicable to the bench area and the border rimming the playing field. The only persons permitted within the solid six-foot white border (1-1) while play is in progress on the field are game officials. For reasons involving the safety of participating players whose actions may carry them out of bounds, officials’ unobstructed coverage of the game, and spectators’ sightlines to the field, the border rules must be observed by all coaches and players in the bench area. Violators are subject to penalty by the officials.
    ARTICLE 5. MOVEMENT ON SIDELINES. Coaches and other non-participating team personnel (including uniformed players not in the game at the time) are prohibited from moving laterally along the sidelines any further than the points that are 18 yards from the middle of the bench area (i.e., 32-yard lines to left and right of bench areas when benches are placed on opposite sides of the field). Lateral movement within the bench area must be behind the solid six-foot white border.
    ARTICLE 6. NON-BENCH AREAS….
    Penalty: For illegal acts under Articles 1 through 6 above: Loss of 15 yards from team for whose supposed benefit foul was made. (Unsportsmanlike Conduct.)
    Enforcement is from:
    (a) the succeeding spot if the ball is dead.
    (b) whatever spot the Referee, after consulting with crew, deems equitable, if the ball was in play.
    For a flagrant violation, the Referee may exclude the offender or offenders from the playing field enclosure for the remainder of the game.

    Rex Ryan clearly violated Article 4 as he obstructed the official’s coverage of the game, thus, provoking the whistle (“loss sight of the ball”). The enforcement says the Referee has the ability to enforce the 15 yard penalty from whatever spot the Referee deems equitable.

    So Steratore did foul this up by saying the ball was caught before the whistle. But bottom line, he could’ve put the ball wherever he thought was equitable, and in this case, he probably put it in the right place, assuming the defender would’ve tackled Amendola at about the spot Amendola caught it if the defender had not heard the whistle.

    And Blandino is also not fully correct by not recognizing this enforcement option.

  94. rabidbillsfan says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:22 PM
    Why do people keep saying NE was robbed of a TD? Was the pass into the endzone? Did he score on the play? That is open for debate, it was Glass-man Amendola after all, probably would have broke his collarbone, or got bitten by the turf monster, the fact is nobody knows if Amendola would have actually scored. Now, the last blown call with 2 seconds robbed the Bills of a chance to win/tie the game, and that is a fact.

    So let’s review,

    An official is looking right at Brady, right at him as he rolls right.When exactly did he “lose track of the ball”? Did he shut his eyes? Did the lights go out? Did a large man in a vest step into an area where he doesn’t belong right between the ref and Brady?

    You are right about Amendola, we only know he was deprived of the opportunity to complete the play, just like Buffalo was deprived of a chance to make a play. But here’s the difference. One play was in progress, the other hadn’t started. We could see where Amendola was, where the defenders were. Also remember that Buffalo got a free time out when the refs spotted a ball a full yard ahead of where progress was stopped.

    So who is to say which of the many penalties was the one that made the difference?

  95. Hey Bills, don’t let the game come down to the final play anyway. Win the game from start to finish and you don’t have to worry about the officials costing you a shot at the win.

  96. “Never fails at Cheatville stadium. Refs have been cheating for NE at Cheatville stadium for 15 years. Started with the bogus tuck rule & continues”

    Lolz need some cheese ?

    The Pats win so much because they work harder than any other team. This is well documented by players who spent time with other teams before and or after their time with the Pats.

    Players like Reggie Wayne who stayed 2 weeks with the Pats this preseason and left because “the Pats work too hard and it wasn’t any fun”.

    Or Darrell Revis who mentioned a conversation between him and Browner last year in the preseason in which both of them said to each other they better win the SB otherwise it just wasn’t worth it to work so hard.

    Hard work, innovation and success used to be respected in this country. Now the PC whiner crowd who want everybody to get their participation trophy views hard work and innovation as somehow “cheating”

    And by the way not sure what you mean by bogus tuck rule. It was put into place for the 1999 season and statistics show it was called in favor of opposing teams on average of once per year per team.

    Which by the way the Pats lost a game earlier in the 2001 regular season to the Jets in part because the tuck rule was called in the Jets favor overturning a turnover the Pats had. The rule was called correctly and just because you and many people don’t like it doesn’t change the fact it was a rule at the time and called correctly.

    Or doesn’t change the fact that the supposed best defense in the league that year couldn’t stop the Pats twice from driving and scoring against them after the tuck was called. What about the responsibility the defensive players had ? Oh that’s right, both teams should have just gotten their participation trophies and score not kept.

  97. jrossizzle says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:42 PM

    Pat fans who don’t get how the refs helped the Pats on the inadvertent whistle play.

    Simple really, play is supposed to stop at whistle. No way Danny had the ball at whistle (even PFT points that out)

    Refs gifted the Pats with the catch

    What don’t you chowder heads get???
    ———

    What don’t we get?

    It’s that you can’t understand that the whistle was blown because the line judge couldn’t see the ball, and that was because Rex was standing in his view in an area where Rex is not allowed to be. It was clear from the replays shown the night of the game that the whistle blew just before the ball reached Amendola.

    Now Look at the video link that was in the PFT article about this yesterday. Pause the video at 0:24 and 0:25. You can see the ball in the air…..and Rex is standing in the line judge’s view.

    Rex’s non-player conduct rule infraction forced the line judge to blow the whistle.

    Check the rule book….Rule 13 Section 1. The penalty is a 15 yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from the spot of the ball. Where is the ball spotted? either:

    a. the succeeding spot if the ball is dead
    b. whatever spot the Referee, after consulting with crew, deems equitable, if the ball was in play

    the ball WAS in play when Rex was in the restricted area, and therefore the ruling on the field was in fact acceptable under option b.

  98. Actually, the game was a little boring. Too long, too many problems with the refs. Kudos to the Bills defense and to the Pats defense — the rest was mostly a yawner. (But I’m still glad the Pats won)

  99. So a “memo” was sent out about who can be in the white area?

    Is that like the “memo” that went out about where you can & can’t film from?

    What happened when one, team, and not every team mind you, went against the “memo”? That would be “spygate”

    So, to be fair, we should now have “sidelinegate”, correct?

    Actaully it’s much worse. No one can prove that taping did anyone any good. We know for certain that what Rex did directly affected the result of a game.

    I know you’ll agree, because you’re all about integrity and level playing filed, right?

  100. markjones2000 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:54 PM

    And Blandino is also not fully correct by not recognizing this enforcement option.

    ———

    Blandino is tossing officials under the bus to camouflage his own incompetence.

    The question is, will the officials union respond?

  101. It is disappointing that I had to scroll all the way to the comment by MarkJones2000 to finally see the correct analysis: Watkins rolled out of bounds on his own accord – backwards by the one yard MarkJones2000 says. Days after, with the benefit of video, Blandino still cannot get it right? The winding of the clock was correct – perhaps brave, by the official. If you disagree, you’re a moron.

  102. hawks52 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:38 PM

    I posted several times that the call was correct. And based on the rule as stated and other things I thought it was.

    So first and most important, I was wrong.

    But second, and at least somewhat important – why again do we have confusion? I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t know the rules to a game I’ve been watching for over 50 years.

    ———

    that’s because somehow Blandino added intent and contact clauses to the rule that don’t actually exist in the wording of the rule.

  103. harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:07 AM
    I don’t think anyone who isn’t delusional thinks the Bills having one more play would have changed the outcome.

    Taylor could barely throw a shovel pass 5 yards a play or 2 before that and he was in serious pain. Any “hail mary” he would have thrown would have been about 30 yards shy of the end zone.

    ———————————————————————
    Don’t you think that they should have at least had the chance to try? Maybe he could throw it or maybe they could have brought in EJ to throw it. The problem is they were deprived or a chance.

  104. For everyone saying that Amendola would have scored on the false whistle you are greatly mistaken. The Bills DB stopped when the whistle sounded. He would have been tackled immediately if the whistle hadn’t blown. Go watch it again if you don’t believe me. Watch him pull up with the ball half way to the receiver.

  105. The NFL conspiracy against the Buffalo Bills is alive & well and now in what, the 15th or 16th year? It’s been so many years It’s hard to keep track. What’s next? I mean this has been predictable for so long it’s almost passe. As long as this is going to continue to be a BLATANT conspiracy, the NFL might as well juice it up with special penalties just for the Bills.

    10 yards for excessive running.
    15 yards on any kickoff or punt return of 15 yards or more.
    5 yards for suspicion of unobserved infraction.

    And while we’re at it, give the refs “foreign objects” they can use to even things out if penalties aren’t doing the job.

  106. So now we’re at the point with bills fans that gimp arm tyrod taylor hucking a ball into the endzone 60 yards away and the patriots, who have never let up a hail mary, allowing the bills no name receivers to catch it and score, is more likely than amendola outrunning a guy he just juked out of his shoes to the endzone w a blocker downfield?

    I knew bills fans were delirious but cmon guys

    We all agree the refs were terrible but to say your bad call was worse than our bad call is laughable

  107. With 14:05 left in the third quarter, Tom Brady scrambled to his right and lofted a pass to Amendola, who had beaten his defender and had nothing but open space behind him. But one of the officials mistakenly blew his whistle during the middle of the play. The whistle was blown because Rex was standing illegally in front of the ref on the white border thus blocking the ref’s view.
    Read it again, “beaten his defender & had NOTHING but open space behind him ”
    Rex needs to be disciplined, because it’s about the integrity of the game, right Roger!!

  108. dthunder5438 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 1:14 PM
    For everyone saying that Amendola would have scored on the false whistle you are greatly mistaken. The Bills DB stopped when the whistle sounded. He would have been tackled immediately if the whistle hadn’t blown. Go watch it again if you don’t believe me. Watch him pull up with the ball half way to the receiver.

    ————-
    There is chance he would have had a TD, just like there is a chance a hail mary would have worked with 2 seconds left. The percentage of that chance succeeding for either is subjective.

  109. skoobyfl says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:16 AM

    As a Bills fan, I can safely say we will get another chance in Jan 2016 at these guys.
    ————————————————————-
    Good luck in KC this weekend.

  110. jrossizzle says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:42 PM

    Pat fans who don’t get how the refs helped the Pats on the inadvertent whistle play.

    Simple really, play is supposed to stop at whistle. No way Danny had the ball at whistle (even PFT points that out)

    Refs gifted the Pats with the catch

    What don’t you chowder heads get???

    ———————————————-

    I think you are the one not getting it. If the ref hadn’t blown the whistle, Amendola would have had the opportunity to run. He’s pretty quick, and while I think the chances of him getting a TD were slim (he probably would have gotten an extra 5+ yards), he was still robbed of that opportunity. And the Bills still would have gotten a penalty for interfering with the ref.

  111. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:12 AM
    harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 11:07 AM

    I am glad you know more about Tyrods arm than Tyrod knows about his own arm. Not to mention for the hail mary we could have easily brought in EJ. The fact is, we still had a chance- the ref’s took that away from us. On a ridiculous call anyone on this thread could have made. If it was your team, you wouldnt be happy about it either.

    ———

    Dude…..Buffalo had no chance once the schedule was posted and the date was set for the game.

  112. NFL V.P. of officiating Dean Blandino said

    Is anyone else as sick of seeing that quote after every weekend as me?

  113. still laughing hysterically at bills fans who think any call would have won them that game

    whats it now 25-3 w brady? With 1 win w no starters?

    a .071 winning % when brady starts and finishes

    Yea, a chance at a 60 yard hail mary is the difference between your loss and a win

    Oh the excuses

  114. Well, when you whine and cry like Brady does, the refs were getting ready to blow the whistle. You better believe if they didn’t blow that whistle and Brady got hit, he would have been pounding on the ground, and jumping like a spoiled child that he got hit.

  115. To flash1287:

    Bills fans are NOT blaming refs for the loss, trust me. This happens every week.
    We just want the refs to get it RIGHT!!

  116. Gadzod: guess you didn’t watch the game because TB 12 the GOAT, was hit quite a few times, a couple of which were late. He simply got up & continued playing. Unlike Rex who was seen throwing his headsets on the ground after a Pats Touchdown , now that was like a spoiled child!!!!! Even the announcers commented about it.

  117. TheDPR says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:54 AM

    May have been the worst officiated game start to finish of the season. So many really obvious errors.
    ————————————————————
    I agree the officiating sucked, but keep in mind that this was the only game on and everyone saw every bad call here.

    I think the officiating is just as bad in every game, but a lot of the country doesn’t see those.

  118. Don’t we live in a day and age where Technology is at a point where you could have a member of the crew or more in a room with all the reply angles readily available to them, radio contact with the head official so replay is just part of the process on every play and seamless so it doesn’t extend the time of the game? No more challenges, or guessing on every play just a seamless system that gets the calls right the majority of the time? Is that too much to ask?

  119. returntoexcellence says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:02 PM

    Will you Pats homers please stop acting as if that inadvertent whistle was an automatic touchdown. It’s getting obnoxious. Watch the replay again… this time with open eyes. There was a Bills defender right behind Amendola. A defender who had “let up” because he heard the whistle and was STILL close enough to make the tackle had he needed to. And I guess we’re just going to forget about the other Bills defender who was covering a different receiver farther down the field who also could have stopped Amendola from scoring. Yes the Patriots got screwed on that play and Amendola should have had a chance to shake his defender(s) but it was NOT an automatic touchdown. Had he caught it in the end zone I would agree with you, but he didn’t. The officiating for this game was absolutely horrible all night and affected both teams and the NFL should be completely embarrassed with themselves.

    ————–

    I’m a Patriots fan (same thing as a homer IMO. I am sure you are a homer of some team too). I agree with you. Affected both teams. The frustrating thing from a Patriots fan’s perspective, is that Bills fans and fans of other teams think the Bills were jobbed by the Watkins OB call. They also think the Bills were jobbed by the Amendola catch being confirmed and the additional penalty because the whistle was while the ball was in the air.

    Whether it went on to be a score or not, the Patriots made a great play and the officiating prevented it from continuing. Patriots were jobbed equally.

    There isn’t some conspiracy where the officials help the Patriots. Just general bad officiating.

  120. 6superbowls says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:59 AM

    Now NE fans can stop whining about an inadvertent whistles.
    ————————————————————-
    NE fans are busy preparing for Thanksgiving and looking forward to a tough road game at Denver.

    Bills and Steeler fans are busy whining about previous games and making laughable predictions about the SB when they really need to worry about the games next week.

  121. Yes the Patriots got screwed on that play and Amendola should have had a chance to shake his defender(s) but it was NOT an automatic touchdown.
    ====
    Automatic? Maybe not… but if you ran that play without the inadvertent whistle 100 times, Dola scores 95 TDs. Doubt me? Look at the all-22 footage and freeze it when the whistle blows*. Dola was already behind his man when he caught the ball, and the only defender with a shot at him was a DB 20+ yards down field who would have had to beat a Gronkowski block to make the tackle.

    Face it Buffalonians: NE got jobbed harder on that play than the BUF did, even with the mistaken call on when the play was killed.

    *You’ll have to figure out when that is from broadcast video, because the A-22 doesn’t have sound, but that’s easy enough to do…

  122. Wow in a game where the Patriots get totally jobbed by the refs and Ryan does something he should be suspended for but will receive no punishment for, people are still saying the NFL is favoring the Pats.

    You haters are completely delusional.

  123. It took Blandino time to research whether or bot they could come up with an excuse the fanbase would buy. In the end, they were stuck with “bad call”.

    The two missed calls weren’t the only blown calls. The Jets were tagged with offsides on the TD because they weren’t allowed time for a substitution even though the replay shows a Pat running off the field before the play. I want to give Belichick brownie points for taking advantage of the rules – I think he just ran one of the 11 off, so technically he wasn’t substituting – but the play should have been stopped.

  124. Dear NFL,
    I think its time that the refs are penalized financially or suspended for bad calls…
    Too many this year are deciding games or help an outcome.
    Clearly the Patriots are a good team, but the Bills deserved that one last chance to tie the game.
    You know what they say “On any given Sunday….”

    This ref’s horrible call, as well as others in the game (Ssee; Amendola’s catch) prevent millions of fans from watching a Hail Mary type chance to be batted down or caught. Denying us excitement and the Bills a fair shot.

    And I’m a Dolphins fan.
    I, like all NFL fans, just want what’s fair.

  125. For everyone saying that Amendola would have scored on the false whistle you are greatly mistaken. The Bills DB stopped when the whistle sounded. He would have been tackled immediately if the whistle hadn’t blown. Go watch it again if you don’t believe me. Watch him pull up with the ball half way to the receiver.
    ===
    Nope.

    He didn’t know where Amendola was, because Amendola was behind him.

  126. jrossizzle says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:42 PM
    Pat fans who don’t get how the refs helped the Pats on the inadvertent whistle play.

    Simple really, play is supposed to stop at whistle. No way Danny had the ball at whistle (even PFT points that out)

    Refs gifted the Pats with the catch

    What don’t you chowder heads get???
    ======================
    The play resulted in 25 yards including the penalty. Considering Amendola had 30+ yards ahead of him it’s not hard to figure out the screw job. More so when you consider the play would have gotten the Patriots into field goal range at the very least.

  127. Way past time for Goodell to get his officials the training they need or get them off the field. Most pathetic season I have ever seen for bad calls/no calls that influence the game’s outcome. Perhaps the NFL needs to cut some of those 10’s of millions of $$ from Mr. Dipstick and put the $$ into the officiating.

  128. “Don’t you think that they should have at least had the chance to try? Maybe he could throw it or maybe they could have brought in EJ to throw it. The problem is they were deprived or a chance.”

    Fair enough but shouldn’t the Pats have had the chance to score on the inadvertant whistle play or from the field position they would have had from a longer gain ?

    There was no favoritism by the refs in this game. Both teams got equally hosed. Its woulda coulda shoulda for both of those plays.

  129. padronebradfather says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:53 PM
    OK so Patriots fans can be silenced on this point. So much for the “NFL is against us” BS. Time for the Broncos to decimate the Patriots. Os the Boss!
    =================
    A blown call to allow a hail mary doesn’t even remotely begin to address the NFL bias against the Patriots. At best it’s a make up for the inadvertent abomination earlier in the same game. Still lots of haterade left. Funny you think otherwise.

  130. getadealdonealready says:
    Nov 25, 2015 2:08 PM
    Don’t we live in a day and age where Technology is at a point where you could have a member of the crew or more in a room with all the reply angles readily available to them, radio contact with the head official so replay is just part of the process on every play and seamless so it doesn’t extend the time of the game? No more challenges, or guessing on every play just a seamless system that gets the calls right the majority of the time? Is that too much to ask?

    I want to agree but we’ve seen time and time again replay refs rendering a decision that flies in the face of what announcers (some former players), ex officials and everyone else thinks should happen. panthers game this past sunday is a good example. Play in the end zone, ball moves as it hits the ground, no catch, right? Not so much as it turns out.

    I suppose it will always be a “best effort” and like we did before replay, we need to learn to deal with our teams losing.

  131. getadealdonealready says:
    Nov 25, 2015 2:08 PM
    Don’t we live in a day and age where Technology is at a point where you could have a member of the crew or more in a room with all the reply angles readily available to them, radio contact with the head official so replay is just part of the process on every play and seamless so it doesn’t extend the time of the game? No more challenges, or guessing on every play just a seamless system that gets the calls right the majority of the time? Is that too much to ask?

    I want to agree but we’ve seen time and time again replay refs rendering a decision that flies in the face of what announcers (some former players), ex officials and everyone else thinks should happen. panthers game this past sunday is a good example. Play in the end zone, ball moves as it hits the ground, no catch, right? Not so much as it turns out.

    I suppose it will always be a “best effort” and like we did before replay, we need to learn to deal with our teams losing.

  132. carloswlassiter says:
    Nov 25, 2015 2:30 PM
    Officiating aside, I guess the Bills are incapable of running any kind of hurry up offense. They looked worse than the Donovan McNabb in that SB.

    True statement. It was painful how slow they were. Like they didn’t care or understand the situation. That’s what a Brady or manning brings to the table that sets them above the rest.

  133. dthunder5438 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 1:14 PM
    For everyone saying that Amendola would have scored on the false whistle you are greatly mistaken. The Bills DB stopped when the whistle sounded. He would have been tackled immediately if the whistle hadn’t blown. Go watch it again if you don’t believe me. Watch him pull up with the ball half way to the receiver.
    =====================
    You don’t know he would have been tackled immediately. That dismisses the possibility of Amendola out running him which was just as likely. It doesn’t mean Amendola gets a TD either. But it does present 2 offensive players (LaFell was downfield as well) vs 1 defensive player (with LaFell downfield) which increases the likelihood more to succeeding than failing. You can’t assume a TD in that scenario but it’s definitely not a remote possibility either.

  134. gadzod says:
    Nov 25, 2015 1:45 PM
    Well, when you whine and cry like Brady does, the refs were getting ready to blow the whistle. You better believe if they didn’t blow that whistle and Brady got hit, he would have been pounding on the ground, and jumping like a spoiled child that he got hit.


    You really need to call your cable company or get a new antenna. You’re watching a different game than the rest of the country. Brady went to the refs once, when he took a helmet in the chin, which should have been 15.

    Would love to see internet tough guys like you take as many late and borderline dirty shots as TB did Monday.

  135. Ah— The Hollow Apology.

    The crew will now be graded accordingly– Which (based on the curve of other crews)– probably keeps them in line for working the Super Bowl.

  136. I know from the comments above that I’m in the minority on this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Most of the complaining about referees is insane. The job of an NFL referee is to have perfect awareness of where every player is at all times. And its not like they are average people just walking around, they are some of the best athletes in the world moving at high speeds. The ref is expected to see when a player steps out of bounds, but also when player is held slightly after 5 yards. Even after that, some people want them to also be aware of a player’s intent at any given time.

    A couple of people in the string above implied they shouldn’t pay attention to things that aren’t part of the play, so apparently they should also know what is or isn’t possible at any given time.

    Then, while they are trying to keep all of that straight, coaches walk in front of them because they feel like it.

    For three hours the have 30 million people watch them do their job, and then those people spend a week complaining about the 5 or 6 errors they made. They make personal judgements about what would have happened if there wasn’t an inadvertent whistle (he probably doesn’t score a TD if the DB doesn’t stop on the whistle).

    I’d hate to have everyone look over my shoulder while I’m working, especially while I’m writing this email that will no doubt get a lot of negative comments.

  137. What silliness…refs always miss or screw-up calls in every game…nature of the beast. In this day and age, with HD video replay, no ref can be perfect.
    Besides, the lost two seconds is a moot point…Tyrod was around the 50, and I doubt he could have thrown a hail mary into the end zone. The early whistle was another blown call, but in defense of the ref, he was obstructed by Rex, who walked in front of him. No biggie…maybe the receiver would have made it to the end zone or not…Rex got the penalty, and things moved on…
    Actually, I thought it was a pretty well called game…the refs took their time to sort out the odd calls. And Brady certainly didn’t get preferential treatment from the refs…even though some of those late hits were borderline ‘roughing the passer’.

  138. The admission is not enough. Everybody knew that. Who didn’t???

    The fool who blew such an easy, obvious and potentially game-changing – PLUS then offered up the most moronic self-serving “justification” as an “excuse” needs to be cleaned out.

    Canned.

    Given the heave ho.

    Booted.

    Curb-kicked.

    Adios muchacho.

    Have that clown working at at job that befits his skill level, like toll booth collector.

  139. That entire officiating crew should be fired. That was as bad an officiating I’ve seen since the replacements.
    The side judge didn’t give a damn Watkins slid out of bounds with 3 or 4 seconds left. He just wanted the game to end. He should have as they sucked.

  140. Would the Bills have put EJ Manuel in for the final hail mary? Because Tyrod looked bad by the end. There would have been a 1% chance of something miraculous happening, but we were robbed of that chance.

  141. It’s gotta be frustrating to not only the Bills fans but all NFL fans because this could’ve happened to any NFL team. In close games like this every play should be carefully reviewed especially in the last 2minutes. I agree with the suggestion Bill Belichick made a year ago at the owners meeting.

  142. None of this is as bad as flagging Matt Hasselbeck for a “low block”(on offense) when all he was trying to do is tackle the guy who intercepted his pass. Superbowl 40.

    Can we take a couple million from Roger’s salary and train a few full time referees maybe? It is long overdue.

  143. I for one am dam sick of seeing 60 year white haired guys running around making horrible calls and relying on the replay.
    The whole replay thing has really ruined officiating. These guys really don’t have to know and study the rules much since someone else in the background will make up for their awful calls.

  144. earlwert says:
    Nov 25, 2015 1:59 PM
    To flash1287:

    Bills fans are NOT blaming refs for the loss, trust me. This happens every week.
    We just want the refs to get it RIGHT!!
    ——————-
    Pats fan here…and on your post we can all agree. And to get it right, the NFL has to hire full-time, well-trained officiating crews who are held to the same standards the players and coaches are (if they screw up, they get fined or suspended). It would also help if the NFL went back to the rulebook as it was before Goodell clarified rules to the point of incomprehension.

  145. sueb45 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 4:49 PM
    earlwert says:
    Nov 25, 2015 1:59 PM
    To flash1287:

    Bills fans are NOT blaming refs for the loss, trust me. This happens every week.
    We just want the refs to get it RIGHT!!
    ——————-
    Pats fan here…and on your post we can all agree. And to get it right, the NFL has to hire full-time, well-trained officiating crews who are held to the same standards the players and coaches are (if they screw up, they get fined or suspended). It would also help if the NFL went back to the rulebook as it was before Goodell clarified rules to the point of incomprehension.—-
    And given some of the insane calls made this season, the refs should be given random drug tests (and I’m only half-kidding on this one!)

  146. So where are all the geniuses that have been clogging the comments section with their detailed breakdowns of how the refs got it right by quoting a bunch of fake rules they made up on their own?

    The mistake was obvious, and you all spent the last two days clowning yourselves.

  147. As I Bills fan, this should make me mad, but even with a hail Mary with :02, it wouldn’t result in a TD. It was all they could do to have a 1st down in the second half.

  148. Like almost all refereeing controversies in the NFL, this was caused by an unnecessarily overly complicated rule book. Because there are rules regarding going out of bounds with forward progress, with forward progress stopped, going out of bounds when there certain amounts of time on the clock, when being tackled backwards, etc etc etc….gives more opportunity for the ref to become confused and screw things us. How about this, the player is downed out of bounds, clock stops, in bounds, clock keeps going. Simple. One of the best moves the NFL has done is got rid of the “force out” during reception and just said, the receiver either comes down in bounds or out, now the refs don’t even have to think about it. They should look at all the rules and use the “is this rule as simple as it can be” test, and simplify simplify simplify. Take all judgement calls away whenever possible.

  149. The NFL officials are intentionally changing the outcomes of games regardless of the rules.

    Time to —AT LEAST — make every play including penalties —reviewable on a coaches challenge and you get 3 challenges per game
    And any challenge you win is not not charged against your 3

  150. The ref erred, the same ref who a minute prior chose to wave the markers forward with the ball missing the first down by a full yard and review had to step in and stop the game. Why was this ref in such a hurry for the game to end?

  151. When are the Pattrolls on here going to realize Darby quit on the pass play when the whistle blew~! It might not even have been a catch, but for sure he would have tackled him if the whistle hadn’t been blown!!!!

  152. Most rules have at least a modicum of logic to them. The clock stopped on out of bounds doesn’t. If an offensive team willingly ran out of bounds going backwards, why would that be penalized by NOT stopping the clock? Is it an unfair advantage to running time off the clock?

    You stop the clock when the QB willingly takes a snap and throws it into the ground.

    You allow a team to line up and hike the ball and take a knee and run the clock.

    Neither of those two plays give the defense any chance to make a play.

  153. wclj says:
    Nov 25, 2015 12:32 PM
    If you look at a picture showing the point that the ref blew the whistle, Rex is on the white out of bounds line, no question. The referee is almost 2 yards off the field, into the Bills bench. He was WAY out of position. And, for those of you who say that Rex did it intentionally, he must be able to see the future. He figures out, on a nanosecond, that Brady is rolling right, being chased, and knows that Amendola is open. He then decides, in that same nanosecond, that if he walks onto the white sideline stripe and obstructs the referee’s view, the ref will blow the play dead, thereby blowing up the TD pass. THAT’s your theory? From the people who constantly troll Rex as a boob? Now who’s delusional

    Intentional or not Rex was where he shouldn’t be and interfered with the Ref. Very possibly cost the Pats a td and was justly flagged.

  154. Mistake after mistake. Brought to you by the NFL office who self righteously investigates PSI but had absolutely no idea that temperature changes will change PSI.

  155. Unfortunately, the NFL knows by now they can do whatever they want and people will tune in every week regardless and record revenues will increase year after year. SO MANY calls have completely changed the outcome of games over the years and thus changed the playoff scenarios, but we all keep watching. The PI interference penalty on Roby in the Bills v Jags game in London was the worst call I have EVER seen in my life. A DB tries to intercept a 50/50 ball and gets called for PI. What would have been a 4th and 15 led to a 1st down and a Jags winning TD 2 plays later. The NFL is a joke… we watch 4 hour broadcasts for 11 minutes of actual game action, but until people stop watching then the NFL will never change a thing. Everything should be able to be reviewed including penalties, and the call on the field from some geriatric ref should hold no weight. The video review should be completely objective. This is a pipe dream though.

  156. I also don’t understand how NE fans thinks they got jobbed on the inadvertent whistle when Amendola caught the ball AFTER the whistle. Find one other play in history that counted after the whistle had blown. The whistle STOPS the play entirely, which is why Gilmore and Darby stopped playing. Yes Rex was in the way, but I think the ref was blowing the whistle because Brady was going to get popped and he had been throwing the ball away all game long to avoid it. He had grounded the ball at least 5 times before this play ever happened. It looked like a broken play and he had a DL closing him down. I’m fine with the 15 yard penalty on Rex, but awarding the catch in the first case is completely ludicrous. If it’s in the rules, then how come no one can find ONE SINGLE PLAY in NFL history that counted after the refs blew the whistle? You can’t. Arguing ‘Amendola would have scored’ is absurd when the play was dead before he even touched the ball. NE won the game fair and square and would have either way, but NE fans who don’t understand that Amendola shouldn’t have been awarded a catch at all need to figure out the rules.

  157. letsgobuffalo4 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:57 AM
    Shocker- i argued with a ton of Pats fans who tried to ‘explain the rule’ to me, guess they are wrong again. This was not even close to the right call and in no way is some mistake. That ref knew the only intention the bills had was to get out of bounds- not to give himself up while still in bounds.

    ==========================

    Did you also tell them you acknowledge that had Rex not gotten in the way, the whistle may not have blown, and the Pats may have gotten another touchdown?

    Given your username, I’ll assume not.

    Funny how that works.

  158. The NFL is fixed the winner of each game is predetermined, we see this every week oh no we screwed up again . The commish needs to step down also the fake head of officiating needs to go with him there is too much money involved to be this circus every week . King Roger only cares about how much money rolls in weekly . The product on the field is deminishing its no longer worth watching , Roger went on and on in the off season about how important it was to protect the integrity of the game when talking about air pressure well folks I have news for you and Roger Goodell the NFL has no integrity , The concussion protocol is a joke a QB has his head violenty bouned off the turf and no one noticed except the backup on the sideline . Roger turn in your resignation now you been helping your owner friends too long its getting a bit to obvious .

  159. About all the league can do is give Buffalo one extra play when the team’s play next year.

    Even as a Pats fan I am fine with that idea, as long as the league starts that game with the Pats ahead 7-0 due to the officials stealing a TD pass from Brady to Amendola on the inadvertent whistle in Sunday’s game.

  160. flash1287 says:
    Nov 25, 2015 10:58 AM
    So 2 “blown calls” on each side.

    Bills fans will use this as an excuse but will ignore the FACT that they missed a field goal and Shady let a sure TD get knocked out of his hands.
    ———–

    And they negated a Brady INT with a bogus, made-up call on Buffalo (not specified, of course, since no one committed any penalty on the play on Buffalo’s side), picked up a flag on NE, instead of automatic 1st down and 15 yards, the Bills punt two plays later. Blatant holding on one of the deep plays that went for big yardage for NE, not called. NE wasn’t even completely screwed on the sideline play, anyway. Rex was penalized for doing what every coach does for most of the game. The most glaring calls/non-calls still benefited NE. Only one call semi went against NE and somehow “the officials were bad both ways.” False.

  161. whywerule says:
    Nov 26, 2015 7:40 AM

    Even as a Pats fan I am fine with that idea, as long as the league starts that game with the Pats ahead 7-0 due to the officials stealing a TD pass from Brady to Amendola on the inadvertent whistle in Sunday’s game.
    ——————————-

    I really don’t get this fantasy. Go back and watch the play and you’ll see a Buffalo defender right there with Amendola. He only stops because of the whistle. Otherwise he tackles Amendola right there. So all it did was wipe out a short gain, not a TD.

    But I guess no Patriots fan can ever miss a chance to act all persecuted and victimized.

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