Colts sound off on overturned two-point conversion, Bills’ Hyde calls it “cheating”
By: Nick Wojton
ORCHARD PARK – The Buffalo Bills certainly did some good against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday at New Era Field, but in the frozen tundra, they were gifted some help, too.
The Bills (7-6) held the 7-0 lead for most of the day. Nathan Peterman (5/10, 57 yards, TD) connected with Kelvin Benjamin (3-38-TD) on an eight-yard fade pass just before half. So naturally, the Indianapolis Colts (3-10) came back late.
A 19-play, 77-yard drive was capped off by a 10-yard pass by Jacoby Brissett (11/22, 69 yards, TD) to Marlon Mack in the right flat with less than two minutes remaining in the game. The Colts could have kicked a normal 32-yard extra point. Indy opted to go for the win and it worked.
Brissett found Jack Doyle in the left half of the end zone but wide receiver Kamar Aiken was flagged for offensive pass interference. Drama still ensued as kicker Adam Vinatieri had his extra-point kick brought back to the 43-yard line. He made it, but the Colts eventually lost thanks to a 21-yard rushing score by LeSean McCoy (32 carries, 156 yards, TD).
The visiting locker room was not happy.
Aiken himself said “nine out of 10 times” the same play is not getting flagged.
Indy head coach Chuck Pagano was asked if wide receivers are allowed to block a yard down field. They are and that’s what Pagano said.
“He can,” Pagano said. “Until I see the tape, you know, it’s a two-point play, we’re on the two-yard line and nobody can see any yard lines. I couldn’t tell where the ball was all day.”
34-year-old veteran running back Frank Gore (36-136) was already planning the rest of his day when he saw Doyle catch the ball.
“I was about to the run to the locker room,” Gore said. “I saw Jack catch the ball, I’m going in.”
“I just saw the refs huddled up and they called offensive pass inference. But you know, it’s all good. They made the call. As a team, we fought and it just didn’t go out way again,” Gore added.
Other Indy playmakers were not as upbeat.
“They called a flag,” wide receiver T.Y. Hilton responded when asked what happened. “I don’t know. I was celebrating, so I didn’t know what happened.”
Mack was the most direct.
“I thought it was time for the defense to go there and get a stop with I think 1:16 left on the clock. I’m still not sure why the penalty was called, but I guess they have a job to do too,” Mack said.
On the play, Aiken allegedly got himself tied up with Buffalo safety Micah Hyde.
Naturally, Hyde thought it was the right. He also thought a penalty should have been called on the touchdown but was not.
“I was hoping there was a flag on the first one. Never want to give up a touchdown. If you get beat that’s one thing, but those pick plays are, as a defensive player, to me it’s cheating. It’s like come on man, but it’s the game of football. They just ran a good play on the first one and it wasn’t called, so they tried to come back again and they didn’t get away with the second one,” Hyde said.
Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott had Hyde’s back, too.
“No, I thought they made the right call. It was two plays in a row that they ran the same type of play and I thought they did a good job,” McDermott said.
Here’s the play: