There are three certainties in every NFL postseason: a champion will be crowned, and Los Angeles Chargers will Find a way to detonate it in an embarrassing way and fans everywhere will argue about whether the player actually had the ball.
One of these bingo boxes, such as Ja’Marr Chase, has already been unchecked Cincinnati Bengals He gave us another Sunday. Chase became the latest wide receiver to be involved in a catch controversy after attempting a potential touchdown in the second quarter.
The play in question occurred with 1:49 remaining in the second quarter. Bengals drove Buffalo bills 14-7 at the time, and another Cincinnati touchdown might have broken things open before halftime. For a few moments, it looked as if the Bengals had done just that. Joe Burrow connected with Chase in the back of the end zone for a touchdown.
Except, the play needs to be revised. Chase appeared – on nearly all of his replays – to catch the ball and put his feet in for strikes before he fell to the ground. Things looked so straightforward in some of the footage that CBS announcer Tony Romo exclaimed, “This looks like a catch.”
Was Romo right? Take a look at the most important camera angle and judge for yourself.
Chase initially catches his feet as he goes to the ground. However, as Chase was hitting the ground, Bills linebacker Matt Milano got his hand on the ball, knocking it out of Chase’s grasp. You can see Chase scrambling to maintain possession at the end of the play. For at least a brief moment, Chase appeared to lose the ball before securing it again.
At least, that’s what the judges must have seen. The officials reversed the play, saying that Chase did not have it. The touchdown was lifted off the board and the Bengals settled for a field goal attempt. Evan MacPherson He took the kick, giving the Bengals a 17-7 halftime lead.
Was this the right call? The ball appears to be moving at the end of the play, so it’s easy, right? You could also make the argument that Chase had it when he hit the ground, and Milano only got the ball out after Chase fell. Under normal circumstances, Chase might be disqualified the moment he was on the ground and Milano touched him, but not here.
This is… eerily similar to all the controversy NFL fans have seen over the past decade or so. Eight years have passed since then Dallas Cowboys Wide receiver Dez Bryant lost the touchdown after The ball hit the ground And he went out on the line. That moment apparently changed how touchdown catches are determined in the NFL.
Since then, there have been about two to five plays each week that cause NFL fans to argue about whether the receiver actually caught the ball. Chase became the latest to be added to that list on Sunday. Given how often this seems to happen, it won’t be the last.