Ja’Marr Chase non-touchdown would have been a touchdown, if challenged

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Late in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game in Cincinnati, with the Bengals down by six points, quarterback Joe Burrow connected with receiver Ja'Marr Chase for a 12-yard gain that could have, should have, and would have been a 13-yard gain and a touchdown.

It appeared that Chase had the ball over the goal line for a six-pointer that would have tied the game at 20, pending the extra point. The ruling on the field was that Chase did not score. Because it happened with more than two minutes to play, a review would have happened only if the Bengals had challenged the play.

Per multiple sources, the replay process would have indeed resulted in the ruling on the field being overturned. The Bengals would have gotten a touchdown.

They eventually did, after failing to score on four tries and getting the ball back after forcing a Pittsburgh punt. It never would have come to that, however, if the Bengals had challenged the play. And there would have been more time for either team to win the game in regulation.

The situation highlights one of the unusual quirks of the review process. If the ruling on the field had been touchdown, an automatic review would have happened. Because the ruling was no touchdown, the Bengals had to activate the process.

There’s another issue that prevented the non-touchdown from becoming a touchdown. The Bengals rushed to the line of scrimmage to call the next play, for some reason. If they had not, the ruling on the field of a non-touchdown likely would have been overturned by the modified sky-judge procedure.

It’s unclear why the Bengals moved quickly. Time wasn’t an issue. Perhaps they were concerned that the Steelers planned to challenge the catch. Regardless, the right outcome likely would have happened if the Bengals hadn’t moved so quickly to get to the next snap — they would have had a touchdown.

11 responses to “Ja’Marr Chase non-touchdown would have been a touchdown, if challenged

  1. Chase also could have scored on another TD but couldnt drag his feet inbounds. Burrow was game.

  2. So you are implying that Zac lost the game twice? His punter also kicked the ball with about 15 sec on the play clock in OT, when there was about 60 sec of game time left. That’s Mike Mccarthy stuff right there….

  3. I said it last year. They’re going to need an upgrade. Nice that he got them to the Super Bowl and all or was there for the ride, but he’s an inferior coach almost every week.

  4. Why did the Bengals punt with 1:02 on the clock and 25 seconds on the game clock? Or whatever the precise numbers were. They CLEARLY should have run the clock down to 1 second and called a timeout or taken the penalty. It was time to preserve a tie.
    Were they hoping for a deep turnover? No way Trubisky can get the team in FG range with 35 seconds. None. 21 more seconds and he most certainly did.
    I’d PAY someone 200K just to study this one thing and stand next to me on the sideline. ONE JOB. Clock management. Happens every other week since forever. Mind boggling.

  5. There’s a guy up in the box whose job is to watch replays and send a recommendation down to the sideline whether to challenge or not. That somebody is going to have a rough day at work tomorrow…

  6. As a Die-Hard Bengals Fan, the BENGALS DID NOT DESERVE TO WIN!!! THE COACHING STAFF DID NOT HAVE THE BENGALS READY TO PLAY THE FIRST GAME!!! You cannot start off the first game of the season, WHICH COUNTS, with the first line HAVING NEVER PLAYED TOGETHER IN PRESEASON!!! Of course it’s hard to win any football game when you give the ball away FIVE TIMES!!! You should always be PREPARED AND HAVE A WELL PRACTICED BACKUP AS LONG SNAPPER FOR EXTRA POINTS AND FIELD GOALS, especially when you have the BEST FIELD GOAL KICKER IN THE NFL!!!

  7. Super Bowl hangover is real. Reading their press clippings Burrow looked as horrible as he could be. You arent going to win any games with 7 turnovers and 6 of those were totally on him. Only one game but the Bengals didn’t look good at all.

  8. Yeah they should’ve challenged it, but the official was right there. I am sooooo sick of blown calls. Especially after 2 cost us a Super Bowl. That being said a team with 5 turnovers doesn’t deserve the W

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