Buffalo Bills 16 New England Patriots 37
Sometimes the score doesn’t tell the entire story and boy is this a great example of such a scenario. This game was close for way too long for this to be considered another comfortable Patriots win. Did I feel nervous at all during this game? No, but if the Patriots hadn’t have turned the offense up to 11 at the time they did and left it later, maybe I would.
It takes a lot for me to be nervous about a Patriots loss. A 25 point deficit midway through the third quarter. The defence letting Alex Smith look like Dan Marino. A man the size of Cam Newton. In the end, Tyrod Taylor is not a scary presence. In the end, the Bills were only able to score 9 points on offense and when you’re only touchdown is coming from a great play by safety Jordan Poyer, who cut off the route to pick off Brady for six, then the Patriots don’t really have much to worry about.
At half time the game was tied at 13-13 but should it have been? Should the Bills have gone in at the half in the lead? With six seconds left in the first half, Kelvin Benjamin ‘caught’ a pass from Tyrod Taylor. It was ruled a touchdown. As we know, every single scoring play is reviewed. And it was overturned and deemed an incomplete pass because it was difficult to tell whether or not Benjamin’s second foot was down in bounds when he gained full control of the ball.
When replay was brought in, it was simple. If a call was made by a man down on the field, when a play went up for review there has to be irrefutable evidence to change the call. To protect the officials, the officiating crews were not supposed to be made a mockery of on 50/50 calls. This was a 50/50 call. So for me, it’s a touchdown because that’s what was initially called on the field. It seems like we’re getting different rules when it comes to replay and the catch rule every week and nobody understands it, not the players, not the umpires nor the fans. It is the most confusing rule in all of sports and it’s embarrassing now. This needs to be changed in the offseason for the sake of the game.
In the end, this ‘touchdown catch’ probably didn’t matter. Dion Lewis went off for over 100 yards rushing with TDs on the ground and in the air, and Rob Gronkowski continued to dominate the Bills, the team he supported growing up.
In summary, the catch rule still stinks but at the moment, those decisions seem to be going in the Patriots favour. All the Patriots need to do now to lock up home field throughout the playoffs is to beat a Jets team led by Bryce Petty.
Side note: how about that Jimmy G kid in San Francisco hey… pretty good player if you ask me.