The most consequential play of Thursday night time’s Patriots-Vikings recreation didn’t depend.
Hunter Henry appeared to attain a landing as he gained possession of the soccer and lunged for the objective line on third and objective. The ball shifted in his fingers after he hit the bottom and upon evaluate, the play was overturned. Incomplete.
“I imagine I caught it. [The referee] stated it hit the bottom. However I imagine my hand was beneath the ball,” stated Henry after the sport. (h/t ESPN)
Head of officiating Walt Anderson’s reasoning for the overturned name may make a individual’s head spin.
“He has components of two ft and management, however as a result of he’ll the bottom, he has to take care of management of the ball,” stated Anderson. (h/t ESPN)
The NFL has been round for 102 years and in some way still can’t work out what a catch is.
It doesn’t assist that the league has totally different guidelines relying on the play. On run performs, the bottom can’t trigger a fumble — so long as the participant hits the bottom after being tackled. If he falls on his personal accord, then it is honest recreation.
The NFL makes use of a fully totally different method to go performs, the place the bottom may cause an incompletion even when a participant has management of the ball earlier than the bottom comes into play.
To make issues worse, on Henry’s overturned TD, the ball clearly prolonged throughout the objective line earlier than what officers dominated as the bottom inflicting the incompletion. In most circumstances, as soon as the ball crosses the objective line the play is instantly over, and a landing is referred to as.
No group’s had fortune fairly just like the Vikings this 12 months. Regardless of being plus-seven within the all-important win-loss column (9-2), the group is solely plus-five in scoring differential (262-257). They’ve primarily locked up a playoff spot with seven weeks left within the season; Minnesota has a five-game lead on second-place Detroit (4-7).
New England (6-5) dropped a half-game behind the Jets for final within the AFC East. The Patriots have outscored opponents by 37 factors (239-202) this season.
As essential because it is to be good, it is much more essential to be fortunate. The Vikings have been ok to run away with their division and fortunate sufficient to be a Tremendous Bowl menace.