FOX Sports’ Mike Pereira couldn’t hold in his anger after an overturned touchdown during the New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills Week 16 matchup.
Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to catch a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone, and it was ruled as such on the field. However, when the play was reviewed by officials in New York, the call was overturned. From the video, there is no clear evidence the call on the field should have been changed.
— Arthur Arkush (@ArthurArkush) December 24, 2017
Pereira was once the vice president of NFL officiating, and he was upset after this play. With the game on CBS, he couldn’t comment during the broadcast. However, he made sure to let it be known he thinks that decision was awful.
regarding the Buffalo no touchdown, nothing more irritating to an official than to make a great call and then someone in a suit in an office in New York incorrectly reverses it. It is more and more obvious that there isn't a standard for staying with the call on the field.
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) December 24, 2017
The Patriots are leading the Bills 23-16 early in the fourth quarter.
This is the second controversial review the Patriots have been a part of in consecutive weeks. The Pittsburgh Steelers appeared to have taken the lead with seconds remaining in the game after a tight end Jesse James caught a touchdown pass.
However, replay showed while he extended the ball into the end zone he lost control of the football while going to the ground, and the touchdown was overturned.
That was a reasonable decision, at least he actually dropped the ball. Benjamin appears to have feet down and control of the football throughout the catch.
The NFL is going to have to tweak replay again during the offseason.