Fans Claiming NFL Is “Rigged” After Controversial Fumble Call

Here’s a piece of news about the NFL that doesn’t involve protesting the National Anthem. It does however, involve lots of fans crying foul.

Mass Live reports:

Angry Jets fans convinced NFL is rigged for Patriots after controversial Austin Seferian-Jenkins fumble call

Austin Seferian-Jenkins looked like he had a touchdown. He looked like he carried the ball across the goal line after a short reception, and that he brought the Jets within three points of the Patriots. Of course, that’s not what the referees saw.

After reviewing the play, the referees ruled that Seferian-Jenkins lost control of the ball after the reception, fumbling it over the pylon. By rule, fumbling the ball out of the end zone results in a touchback and a turnover, meaning the Patriots took over.

The CBS broadcast team of Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts seemed puzzled by the reversed call, with Fouts calling it the “worse call (he’d) ever seen.” Many who chimed in on Twitter — especially Jets fans — agreed with Fouts. Here’s a look at how the internet reacted to the controversial call.

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The play

Just to review, here is what the play looked like on the CBS broadcast. Malcolm Butler and Duron Harmon immediately leaped to their feet to disagree with the referee’s initial call of a touchdown.

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Did you watch? What do you think?


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