Replay reversal on TD catch proves expensive in Patriots loss

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hunter Henry was dominated on the sphere to have secured a tricky catch on the aim line for what would have been a third-quarter landing to offer the New England Patriots the lead late within the third quarter at Minnesota.

After a prolonged replay evaluation, the decision was overturned to an incomplete go. The Patriots needed to accept a area aim — and did not rating once more within the 33-26 loss to the Vikings.

“They referred to as what they referred to as,” Henry mentioned. “I imagine I caught it, however they made a name. Simply acquired to dwell with it.”

The officers, with referee Alex Kemp main the group, conferred with the NFL through the evaluation. The dedication was that the ball touched the bottom and Henry misplaced management.

“As he’s going to the bottom, he has to take care of management of the ball upon contacting the bottom,” NFL senior vp of officiating Walt Anderson advised a pool reporter. “The time period that’s generally used is ‘surviving the bottom’ – lots of people discuss with that. So, as he’s going to the bottom, he has the weather of two toes and management, however as a result of he’s going to the bottom, he has to take care of management of the ball when he does go to the bottom.”

Henry appeared to have a hand beneath the ball when he hit the turf. The ball did come free, however he held on and maintained possession. It was the non permanent lack of management that led to the reversal.

“Properly, if he had maintained management of the ball with two fingers, even when the ball had been to the touch the bottom, when you don’t lose management of the ball after it touches the bottom, that will nonetheless be a catch,” Anderson mentioned.

Patriots coach Invoice Belichick was in no temper to debate the reversal in his postgame press convention.

“Why don’t you guys go to the officers together with your pool reporter and ask them concerning the play, and allow them to clarify it to you,” Belichick mentioned.

Henry was extra forthcoming about what the officers advised him.

“They mentioned it hit the bottom, however my hand was beneath it,” mentioned Henry, who had a landing catch earlier within the third quarter. “I imagine my hand was beneath the ball. The hand was beneath the ball with hitting the bottom. That’s what sort of induced it to leap up. Simply acquired to dwell with it. They made the decision.”

Mentioned Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell: “I believed for essentially the most half we’d both be taking a look at a fourth-and-inches or it was incomplete. They did an awesome job of speaking with me all through that entire situation, and it simply ended up being overturned. I believe it’s a kind of issues that would’ve gone plenty of other ways, however I used to be very completely satisfied that it went the best way that it did.”

Henry’s non-catch ended an evening of environment friendly offense for New England as the 2 groups traded blows on Thanksgiving evening. After the reversal, the Patriots struggled to search out the identical success shifting the ball.

New England went three-and-out on its subsequent two drives, whereas Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson helped the Vikings safe one other second-half comeback win.

“We’ve acquired to maneuver on from that play and play the remainder of the sport,” Patriots quarterback Mac Jones mentioned. “There was loads of time left, and there was different instances we may have punched it in and that wouldn’t have even been a problem.”

Nick Folks had 4 area objectives, one other signal of persistent hassle within the crimson zone. On three journeys inside Minnesota’s 20, the Patriots by no means crossed the aim line. New England entered the week scoring touchdowns at 42.9% within the crimson zone, the second-worst mark within the league.

“We did some good issues higher than we have now been,” Henry mentioned. “We simply nonetheless on the finish made some essential errors, shedding yards, adverse performs. Received to maintain getting higher.”


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