Saturday 24 March 2018 / 11:39 AM

Jets robbed of tying TD by referee's error

Game officials make mistakes, it’s just part of sport. But a referee’s blunder on Sunday cost the New York Jets the game-tying touchdown against the Green Bay Packers with under five minutes left to play.

Trailing by seven points and facing a 4th and 4 from the Packer’s 36 yard line, Jets QB Geno Smith threw a dart to wideout Jeremy Kerley in the end zone and appeared to knot the game up at 31.


Photo Credit: CBS Broadcast

But prior to the play an official had granted a timeout to NY Offensive Coordinator Marty Mornhinweg, negating the play.

The problem is that timeouts can only be awarded from the bench when asked for by the head coach.

See here as Mornhinweg scuttles up the sideline making the timeout signal.



Photo Credit: CBS Broadcast


Regardless of Rex Ryan’s insistence that he had not requested the timeout, officials reset the play clock and nullified the score.

The Jets went on to move the chains on fourth down but turned the ball over on downs.

After the game Mike Pereira, former Vice President of Officiating for the National Football League and rules analyst had this to say:

According to Pereira the mistake was more a case of “just one of those things” and less a situation where bad officiating determined the outcome of the game.

Head coaches always preach that a football game is neither won nor lost on a single play, but this one’s got to be hard to swallow for Rex Ryan and Gang Green.

[Bleacher Report]

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