Jerome Boger's crew messed up even more times than you think

Ryan Hannable
December 09, 2019 - 6:00 am
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By now, everyone is aware of the poor officiating in the Patriots-Chiefs game Sunday at Gillette Stadium.

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Jerome Boger's crew should not have blown the Travis Kelce play dead when Stephon Gilmore recovered the fumble and ran it back towards the end zone, and it should have ruled N'Keal Harry scored a touchdown instead of stepping out of bounds at the three-yard line.

But, there are a couple other things the crew missed that are not getting talked about as much.

According to Football Zebras, it did not properly enforce an illegal hands to the face penalty against Kansas City in the third quarter.

Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif was flagged for the penalty, which is a 10-yard foul, but the referees only marked it off as a five-yard penalty. Instead of it being second-and-20, it was only second-and-15.

“Obviously, it gets frustrating, but calls get made and calls don’t get made," wide receiver Phillip Dorsett said. "I know it is a tough job on the referees but at the end of the day, it is what it is.”

While the possession ended with the Patriots blocking a punt to set up a touchdown, it was a basic mistake for the referees and one any of them could have stepped in to correct.

Check out more mistakes made by the crew here.

 

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