The coach was very curt with reporters after a query about Hunter Henry’s overturned landing.
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The Patriots’ 33–26 loss on the Vikings on Thursday night time didn’t come with out a good bit of controversy. The 2 groups traded scores all through the third quarter, however New England’s closing scoring drive initially seemed to finish with a landing cross to tight finish Hunter Henry, earlier than it was controversially overturned on evaluate.
On third-and-goal from Minnesota’s six-yard line, Mac Jones discovered Henry on the purpose line. The tight finish appeared to stretch the ball over the road for the rating, earlier than bobbling it after hitting the bottom and rolling. On first look, it nonetheless seemed like a clear rating as Henry broke the aircraft. The evaluate confirmed the ball hitting the turf as Henry got here to the bottom earlier than the tight finish misplaced management of it, and it was sufficient for the officers to reverse the landing, leaving New England to kick a subject purpose to go up 26–23. The Vikings would tie the sport with a subject purpose on the following drive, and scored a go-ahead landing on their subsequent drive, which proved to be the game-winner.
Coach Invoice Belichick was requested after the sport whether or not the choice to overturn the decision was defined to the Patriots. He was not having it with the query.
“Why don’t you guys go to the officers together with your pool reporter and ask them in regards to the play, and allow them to clarify it to you?” Belichick responded. “Proper, Isn’t that what you do? Thanks.”
Reporters did precisely that, and Walt Anderson—the NFL’s senior vp of officiating—defined the choice.
“As a result of as he’s going to the bottom, he has to keep up management of the ball upon contacting the bottom,” Anderson stated, by way of ESPN’s Mike Reiss. “The time period that’s generally used is ‘surviving the bottom.’ Quite a bit of folks discuss with that. So, as he’s going to the bottom, he has the weather of two toes and management, however as a result of he’s going to the bottom, he has to keep up management of the ball when he does go to the bottom.”
Henry was extra open in regards to the play after the sport and disagreed with the officers’ determination.
“They known as what they known as,” he stated after the sport. “I consider I caught it. However, I imply, they made the decision, and simply gotta stay with it. … They stated it hit the bottom, however my hand was beneath it—I consider my hand was beneath the ball. The hand was beneath the ball with it hitting the bottom, that’s what variety of brought on [the ball] to leap up.”
With the loss, New England fell to six–5, good for final place within the AFC East and one spot out of the wild card within the AFC.
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