Controversial replay overturns apparent Kelvin Benjamin touchdown

Arnold Nichols
December 25, 2017

Buffalo managed just 133 yards of offense in the final two quarters Sunday, while going 1 for 6 on third downs.

Naturally, as was the case with James in the Steelers' loss last week and Seferian-Jenkins in the Jets' loss in October, seemingly every non-New England fan promptly fired up Twitter to air their grievances after the latest was-it-a-catch-or-not play.

The Bills ended up kicking a field goal to tie the score at 13 points apiece entering halftime. But an apparent 4-yard touchdown pass from Tyrod Taylor to Kelvin Benjamin in the corner of the end zone was overturned.

The play shocked Benjamin, who thought he had given his team a big momentum boost heading into half time. "If you think about it, I got here eight years ago, so maybe that's the reason". Here's the NFL's official line, as of now. But the play was reviewed, and the officials deemed that he only had one foot in bounds and therefore the catch was no good.

"It was clear and obvious that he did not have control of the ball until he brought it all the way down into his chest", Wrolstad said in a pool report. Conspiracy theorists everywhere (especially on social media) already knew the outcome once the red flag came out of Belichick's sock; a reversal, a 1-yard gain and a first down, and it all led to a game-tying 34-yard field goal by Gostkowski with 5:08 left in the third quarter.


The play was met with nearly immediate criticism across social media.

The New England Patriots tight end was asked what it says about the organization that's been able to win 12 or more games for eight straight seasons.

Dion Lewis (Pitt) carried 24 times for career-high 129 yards and scored a rushing and receiving touchdown. That's more than he has had against any other opponent. "You kind of remember it still".

New England walked off the field Sunday following its 37-16 win over the Buffalo in an enviable position to capture home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. It is the longest active streak in North America's four major professional sports and the longest in the National Football League since the 1970 merger.

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