It wouldn’t be another week in the NFL if there wasn’t some sort of discussion or disagreement about whether or not the officials made the right call on the field. Sunday in the wildcard match-up featuring the Buffalo Bills and Jacksonville Jaguars, the referees were once again under the microscope.
Sunday’s game in Jacksonville came to an end when Bill’s backup quarterback Nathan Peterman threw an interception with less than a minute remaining in a seven-point game. The issue on hand is whether or not the interception was actually an interception. The replay below brings into question whether or not the Jaguars’ defender was able to secure the ball as he went to the ground.
The play by Jalen Ramsey was without question a phenomenal one, however Bills’ fans will spend the next few days talking about how they don’t necessarily believe that Ramsey had control of the ball as he went to the ground. The replay shows that Ramsey did indeed have both hands on the ball but when he went to the ground the ball clearly moves.
The play was reviewed on the field after it was ruled an interception. After the review it was decided that the call on the field stands, meaning that there wasn’t anything in the replay that convinced the referees that it wasn’t a clean catch. In the moments after the call was made, Bills’ head coach, Sean McDermott, was shown on the field looking for an explanation from the officials.
For Buffalo fans, this is a bitter end to a Cinderella story and return to the playoffs after a 17-year absence. This non-call might hurt Bills’ fans even more considering what took place a few weeks ago against New England.
Next up for the Bills will be the 2018 offseason that will be filled with plenty of questions following their lackluster performance today against the Jags. Will Tyrod Taylor be back next season? What other changes will be made? Are the building blocks in place for back-to-back playoff seasons?
So, what is your take on the end of the game today? Was it the right call? Be sure to comment below and let us know what you think!