Patriots Robbed Of Touchdown After Ref Blows Premature Whistle on MNF (Video)
The latest MNF refereeing debacle comes from tonight’s contest between the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. With the game tied 10-10 in the third quarter and the Patriots facing a 1st and 10 from their own 31-yard line, Tom Brady was flushed out of the pocket and seemed to be headed for the sidelines when he unexpectedly threw a pass downfield to a wide open Danny Amendola before stepping out of bounds.
Amendola had plenty of daylight in front of him and appeared as though he was headed for the end zone. Unfortunately for him and the Patriots, one official had already blown his whistle after anticipating that Brady would run out of bounds before releasing the ball.
Here’s the play in question:
After a lengthy conference, it was determined that Brady was still in bounds when he released the ball. However, the whistle had blown to stop the play, so the Patriots were only allowed to advance the ball to the spot where Amendola had caught it, and no further. That did give the Pats a first down at their own 45-yard line, but it robbed them of a big gain and a possible touchdown.
That was a tough inadvertent whistle… pic.twitter.com/1aqjVzZTsP
— ESPN Monday Night (@ESPNMondayNight) November 24, 2015
Fortunately for the Pats, Rex Ryan was also called for an unsportsmanlike penalty on the play after interfering with an official along the sideline, advancing the ball all the way to the Bills’ 40-yard line. Unfortunately for them, they were unable to come away with anything on the drive after Stephen Gostkowski missed a 54-yard field-goal attempt.
It’ll be interesting to see if this has an effect on the game’s final outcome and the Patriots’ bid for perfection.