On Thanksgiving night, the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings battled it out in a back-and-forth game that went down to the wire. After the 33-26 Vikings victory, there was one play in particular that kept being brought up, a Hunter Henry touchdown that was called back, after it was ruled he did not maintain possession as he hit the ground. The Patriots tight end was visibly upset after it was reversed and he maintains that it should have been a catch and score.
Patriots quarterback Mac Jones targeted Henry for the six-yard catch on third-and-goal. Henry caught the ball and reached over the goal line, but referees ruled that as he went to the ground the ball was bobbled in his hands.
The U.S. Bank crowd erupted over the decision, but Henry was less than thrilled, waving off the fan noise. Henry explained his stance to reporters following the loss.
“I believe I caught it,” Henry said in the Patriots’ locker room, via ESPN.com. “He said it hit the ground. But I believe my hand was under the ball. The hand was under the ball, with hitting the ground, that’s what kind of caused it to jump up. They made the call. Just got to live with it.”
He added that he wants to “really look at it in the film room, and just try to be better and control the ball all the way through so there’s not even a question.”
Patriots coach Bill Belichick was also asked about the call after the game, but he deflected the question.
“Why don’t you guys go to them with your pool reporter and ask them about the play? Isn’t that what you do?” he asked.
So, NFL senior VP of officiating Walt Anderson was asked about the play, and gave his reasoning for why it was ruled an incomplete pass.
“Because as he’s going to the ground, he has to maintain control of the ball upon contacting the ground,” Anderson said. “The term that’s commonly used is ‘surviving the ground.’ A lot of people refer to that. So, as…
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Author : Shanna McCarriston
Publish date : 2022-11-25 14:25:24
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