The New York Jets‘ chances to hold a surprising edge over the New England Patriots and the rest of the AFC East were dashed by a referee decision that two former vice presidents of NFL officiating agree was incorrect.
Trailing by 10 with under nine minutes remaining, Jets tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins reached for the end zone like so.
So this was ruled a touchback & an automatic turnover on downs…only the Jets man 😂 pic.twitter.com/tyq3c9TOEl
— Barstool BU (@BarstoolBU) October 15, 2017
After ruling a touchdown on the field, officials viewed the replay and overturned the call, determining the tight end didn’t have possession when he hit the pylon, deeming the play a fumble out of the end zone for a touchback; Patriots ball.
It’s true, Seferian-Jenkins briefly lost control. But then he appears to regain it before going down. Whether or not he did retain possession before going out of bounds shouldn’t matter because one can’t tell if he did or not. Without conclusive evidence the call has to stand.
Even some Patriots couldn’t believe it.
I’m a Patriots fan and this call is bullshit…
— Greg Dupuy (@GregDupuy1) October 15, 2017
— franklin schmeck (@therealSchmeck) October 15, 2017
What is a fumble? What is a catch? pic.twitter.com/qlAtL1gikB
— Matt (@mattyice_331) October 15, 2017
I’m not a Jets fan, but this is unacceptable. How can you help the guys who don’t need help. Pats cheated enough already in the past.
— Zachary Rosenthal (@Zachscustoms) October 15, 2017
Former VPs of officiating Mike Peireira and Dean Blandino chimed in, saying there wasn’t enough evidence to overturn the call.
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) October 15, 2017
When asked if he was sure Seferian-Jenkins hadn’t regained possession before going out of bounds, lead official on the field Tony Corrente told reporters, “He was out of bounds.”
Why was that Jets touchdown overturned? Here was referee Tony Corrente’s explanation: pic.twitter.com/CYtyw1mjBb
— Zack Cox (@ZackCoxNESN) October 15, 2017
The Jets lost by a touchdown, 24-17, to fall to 3-3. The Patriots are 4-2.