There’s some controversy brewing in the Chiefs-Browns game.
Before the end of the first half, the Cleveland Browns were inches away from scoring a touchdown until Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen was able to somehow cause Rashard Higgins to fumble the ball out of the end zone which was eventually ruled a touchback.
Sorenson always comes up with clutch plays in big moments pic.twitter.com/VKPT78cEQR
— Billy M (@BillyM_91) January 17, 2021
CBS rules analyst Gene Steratore looked at the play and believes the refs missed a helmet-to-helmet penalty on the Chiefs after Sorensen led with his helmet to hit Higgins.
Gene Steratore says Chiefs should have been flagged for illegal use of the helmet pic.twitter.com/6u3y8yHTEb
— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) January 17, 2021
It’s not an easy play to officiate in real time especially when you’re dealing with that football, the pylon, the goal line and a fumble. By rule, that’s illegal use of the helmet, I believe.
I've been a firm advocate of making helmet contact reviewable. It's a player safety issue and extremely difficult to officiate consistently in real time. Ruling correctly on plays involving helmet contact actually benefits from the slower speed of replay.https://t.co/0nCHDkxfF1
— Gene Steratore (@GeneSteratore) January 17, 2021
Browns fans were irate with the non-call.
Refs missed the most obvious helmet to helmet call pic.twitter.com/ImyyBxnSVI
— colvino (@samcolvin53) January 17, 2021
— Dave @ BIGPLAY (@BIGPLAY_dave) January 17, 2021
The refs watching a clear helmet to helmet hit on the browns player pic.twitter.com/PnAaXQZw6z
— Jose (@JZepeda_13) January 17, 2021
Illegal use of the helmet. The refs just hate the Browns.🤦🏽♂️ pic.twitter.com/mW1GHgiPh1
— Albert (@A13enson) January 17, 2021