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NFL, referee Craig Wrolstad explain overturned Kelvin Benjamin touchdown

Ryan Hannable
December 24, 2017 - 5:22 pm

FOXBORO -- One of the biggest turning points of Sunday's Patriots win over the Bills occurred at the end of the first half when it appeared Kelvin Benjamin had scored a touchdown, which would have put the Bills ahead 17-13 at halftime, but the play was overturned and the Bills settled for a field goal.

(For video of the play, scroll down.)

The game was tied 13-13 at the half and then the Patriots dominated the second half to come away with a 37-16 win.

After the game, when speaking to a pool reporter, referee Craig Wrolstad explained what happened.

"When the receiver got confirmed control of the football, he was not able to get both feet down in bounds," he said. "So, his back foot was already off the ground and it stepped out of bounds. His firm control did not occur until after he had one foot off the ground."

NFL SVP of officiating Al Riveron posted a video on Twitter to explain the call.

"Interesting play today as we have Benjamin attempting to make a catch in the end zone and the ruling on the field was that of a touchdown," he said. "So, we take a look here and what we see is Benjamin stretching. We have a right foot on the ground and then we have the left foot dragging. ... We do not know if he has control of the football. We go to the next shot and we know we are looking for control, so again, no control yet, no control. And by this time you can see the foot has already dragged. You can see the pellets come up here and the foot has already dragged. ... By the time he gains control, he now has control, and that foot is off the ground."

This is the second time in two weeks the Patriots have benefited from a close overturned touchdown.

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