Hunter Henry: I believe I caught the ball

USA Today Sports

One of the biggest moments in Thursday night’s game came in the third quarter when a replay overturned a touchdown catch by Patriots tight end Hunter Henry because officials ruled that he did not survive hitting the ground with possession of the ball.

Images of the play seemed to show that Henry’s hand was under the ball as he hit the ground — he may have been down short of the goal line — but NFL senior vice president of officiating Walt Anderson said in a pool report that “the ball ended up touching the ground and then he lost control of the ball in his hands.” Henry disputed that read of how things went down on the play.

“I believe I caught it,” Henry said, via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com. “He said it hit the ground. But I believe my hand was under the ball. The hand was under the ball, with hitting the ground, that’s what kind of caused it to jump up. They made the call. Just got to live with it.”

The Patriots kicked a field goal to take a 26-23 lead, but they would not score again. The Vikings reeled off 10 straight points to secure a Thanksgiving win that won’t be met with much gratitude for officials in New England.

28 responses to “Hunter Henry: I believe I caught the ball

  1. You won’t find a bigger Patriots hater than myself but that was a catch and a touchdown. And if the rule says it wasn’t, the rule should be changed. It was in his hands at all times and the ground didn’t assist the catch. Just because there’s some ball movement doesn’t necessarily mean the receiver hasn’t secured it.

  2. Definitely was not a catch, sorry bro. Got to secure it better you had already broken the plane.

  3. Terrible call! His hand was under the ball as he hit the ground, then the ball wiggled a little. Yes he may have lost control momentary but it never hit ground. Time to fire all the NY office referees as it seems almost every game they see some thing that’s not there. wake up get a good pair of glasses!.

  4. The NFL continues to have a problem defining what is a catch. I saw a catch, I saw the ball move, I saw a hand under the ball. The ball was never dropped. How is that not a catch. Terrible call played a part in deciding that game.

  5. Watched that on replay several times and I agree with Hunter Henry. And let’s not forget the refs missing the facemasking of Mac Jones and the blatant hold during the Vikings kickoff return for TD. They also missed calls that would have benefited the Vikings, just not such consequential ones. The officials did not put on a good showing in prime time.

  6. IT was ruled a TD

    IT wasn’t clear and obvious that his hand wasn’t under the ball

    total BS bag job by the NFL

  7. I love hearing the Patsys and their fans cry about the refs. Is classic to cry and whine when for 20 years the calls went your way. Now that a questionable call that was the right call after watching it in replay they think they got hosed. Better luck next year. In the 2023 NFL draft with the #12 pick the NE Patriots select…

  8. They ruled the ball hit the ground. What player is going to say, “yeah, it did, they’re right.” Rules are rules. In my opinion, no catch. I do not have a dog in this fight. It’s the same call as in Green Bay during the 2014 playoffs a few years ago when Dez Bryant also did not catch the ball according to the rules. The Vikings earned that tough win by never quitting.

  9. NFL eliminated “surviving the ground” in its requirements for a catch back in 2018 yet it was used to overturn a TD catch in 2022.

    Even added with the new rule:
    “Movement of the ball does not automatically result in loss of control.”

    SO WALT ANDERSON IS FULL OF it

  10. He lost control and it bounced up and back in his hands. Once it hit the ground, it’s play over. No catch. Live in reality Pats fans. You lost. Get used to it.

  11. I admit I don’t understand the pass-catching rules (does anyone), but it seems to me once he caught the ball with control, and the ball crossed the goal line, that’s a touchdown. period. Forget what happens after that.

  12. TV showed a late replay from the goal-line camera (the offense’s left side) that showed a) his hand under the ball on first impact, b) the fat part of the ball hitting the ground, c) small but immediate ball movement, and d) the ball bouncing free on his shoulder/chest before he re-secured it. Technically, I agree it’s not a catch, but I still like the fifty-drunks-in-a-bar standard for clear and obvious, and I don’t think it met that standard.

  13. The ball moved when it touched the ground. Why is this difficult for players and fans to understand?

  14. I believe he did too, I feel strongly that I see his hand under it between ball and ground. But the call was what it was, and its on the Patriots to not be in positions where officiating can cost them the game. So if that call cost them the game that is on the Pats more than the official.

  15. johnny_row says:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:47 am
    I admit I don’t understand the pass-catching rules
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    A lot of you don’t. It doesn’t mean it was a catch and a TD. Let’s pretend it was a catch. He didn’t control it until he was back out of the end zone. Then it’s 4th and goal at the 1. Do the Patriots go for it? Still kick a FG? They lost by 7. I’ll go ahead and give the Patriot and Packer cry babies 4 more points. Vikes still win. Now let’s move on.

  16. I thought the salty tears from packer fans were delicious. patty tears are just as delicious. I read one patty fan say watch it frame by frame. Sorry no time when enjoying your tears.

  17. cags777 says:
    November 25, 2022 at 1:12 pm
    The ball moved when it touched the ground. Why is this difficult for players and fans to understand?
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    It is difficult to understand because the ball didn’t touch the ground.

    In the NFL’s already nonsensical definitions of a catch, I believe they now need to clarify if the tips of the blades of grass constitute “The Ground”, or is “The Ground” the point at which the blades of grass meet the earth.

    Henry’s hand was ALWAYS between the earth and the ball. Grass blade tips, (or plastic turf tips) poked up between his fingers and a few probably did brush the ball.

    So which is it, NFL?? Dirt, or grass tips between fingers?

    As for the movement of the ball. . . Henry was within the field of play. As long as that ball hadn’t touched the ground, it is a live ball. Henry could have spent an hour juggling that ball until he secured it!
    What stopped the play? The fact that he broke the plane of the endzone? If that is the case, then I think we all know that that’s a TD.

  18. Sorry Pats fans, but the more you whine and cry about any call that goes against you, the wider I smile. Intimated refs have been calling plays against opponents in New England for years. And not a single one of you voiced any complaint about the horrendous roughing the passer call against the Jets in the first Pats game. That call robbed the Jets and sealed the win for NE. The referee’s explanation? JFM hit the QB “too hard.” Not a single one of you complained, but now you’re all crying. I love it.

  19. remizak says:
    November 25, 2022 at 9:18 am

    Watched that on replay several times and I agree with Hunter Henry. And let’s not forget the refs missing the facemasking of Mac Jones and the blatant hold during the Vikings kickoff return for TD. They also missed calls that would have benefited the Vikings, just not such consequential ones. The officials did not put on a good showing in prime time.
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    Do you mean the face mask on Mac Jones on the play that the Patriots had 12 players in the huddle and it wasn’t called?
    Patriots fans and Packers fans can’t get enough calls their way without crying for more.
    That pass was incomplete and the refs made the correct call.

  20. Packer and pats fans are just wayyyy to used to the refs playing on their sides is all.. How dare the refs actually get it right and be fair!

  21. “After review the quarterback’s arm was moving forward therefore the call on the field of fumble is reversed”….

    Tommy fans should probably 🤫 about the refs for a while longer…

  22. johnny_row says:
    November 25, 2022 at 11:47 am
    I admit I don’t understand the pass-catching rules (does anyone), but it seems to me once he caught the ball with control, and the ball crossed the goal line, that’s a touchdown. period. Forget what happens after that.
    //////////////////////////
    He is not a running back carrying the ball over, so breaking the plane of the goal line doesn’t matter. Unless he has control of the ball thru the catch, which he didn’t.
    Poorly officiated on both sides, tons of missed calls. The Vikings didn’t compound them with more mistakes, terrible clock management, and not moving the ball in the 4th quarter. That’s the ballgame.

  23. And not a single one of you voiced any complaint about the horrendous roughing the passer call against the Jets in the first Pats game.

    That’s because it wasn’t horrendous. Launch and hit the QB like that after the ball is out and the flag gets thrown 10 times out of 10.

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