Former refs say Bills were hosed on overturned Benjamin TD
By: Nick Wojton
The Buffalo Bills lost 37-16 to the New England Patriots on Sunday and while one play doesn’t make a whole game, it certainly can change circumstances.
As the horn blew for halftime, Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor tossed a fade route to wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin in the back corner of the end zone. Benjamin made an incredible catch for a score with former Bill Stephon Gilmore covering him.
Upon further review, it was called back. Buffalo could have went into the half with a 17-13 lead, instead the game was tied 13-13. In a game filled with momentum swings, it was punch to the gut despite the game being tied.
Buffalo head coach Sean McDermott expressed his displeasure on the overturned score following the game.
“I’m at a loss, really. I saw it as a touchdown. I’m at a loss for how a play like that can be overturned,” McDermott said.
Mike Pereira and Dean Blandino, two former NFL officiating chiefs, now analysts for Fox Sports, both disagreed with the overturned call like McDermott.
Pereira, the former VP of officiating in the NFL, tweeted “don’t see how the Buffalo TD was overturned,” later adding, “Am I missing something?” He also added the blame is not on Craig Wrolstad and his crew on the field, saying the blame belong on those reviewing the play.
Here’s Pereira’s tweets on the call, spanning over two messages:
Blandino added: “Did not see anything clear & obvious to the contrary.”
As mentioned in his tweet above, Blandino had a personal video review of the play. In the video, Blandino states “we’re being over technical” and “there’s nothing clear and obvious to overturn the call on the field.”
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Also for what it’s worth: Buffalo had four penalties for 83 yards in the game while the Patriots had two for ten yards.