The Chiefs came away with a comeback victory over the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday night, but things could’ve ended badly for them after one terrible call in the first half.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones received a roughing the passer penalty for what appeared to be a normal hit on Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that resulted in a fumble and recovery. Instead, the referees threw a flag and gave the Raiders 15 extra yards and a fresh set of downs. That drive ended in a field goal.
After the game, Jones spoke about the rule and how refs will cost teams games with these bad calls.
“I think they’ve put such an emphasis on it that we need to be able to view it in the booth now,” Jones told reporters. “That’s the next step for the NFL as a whole. Looks can be deceiving. When you look at a replay, it’s a whole different thing. It’s getting absurd.”
Jones added: “Now it’s getting absurd. Now it’s costing teams games.”
After the game, Patrick Mahomes said that “it wasn’t the greatest call in the world.”
“There was anger on how we played up until that point. … These games are how you build the character of this team,” Mahomes told reporters.
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce agreed with his quarterback.
“All it did was just, you know, almost build the beast,” Kelce said. “It made us rally together and fight for each other. When you see that out of us, man, we know we can play some good football.”
It’s unclear whether any clarification about the rule will be made before Week 6.
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