There was a bit of controversy at the end of the Bucs-Falcons game.
Late in the fourth quarter while up four points with about a minute left to go in the game, the Bucs ran the ball with Leonard Fournette on third down but appeared to be short for a first down.
A replay showed the ref curiously moving the ball forward for whatever reason after the initial spot.
Even the announcers sayin it, the ref moved the ball up and it was still short on the chains! pic.twitter.com/u76uO3wLQB
— Iroquois Pliskin 🐍 (0-0) (@kawhiiisama) December 20, 2020
Despite the generous spot the crew measured the ball and still called it a first down even though it looked like the Bucs were clearly short.
this measurement resulted in a 1st down 😂😂
it was reviewed…and confirmed a 1st down pic.twitter.com/xya4eoUQwD
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 20, 2020
Falcons fans were irate and accused the refs of cheating.
The refs cheated the spot. They knew what they were doing. Even hansen on redzone showed a replay and said “look at the official sliding the ball” and they cheated the chains lol
— benjii (@Truebenjii) December 20, 2020
— Kevin Berry (@pilzberrydough) December 20, 2020
@AtlantaFalcons Fournettes run was not a 1st down, clearly shows that he was short & camera close-ups on the chains show he was short even with the generous spot, how could they not overturn that. To me that’s Blatant cheating by the refs, shouldn’t have blown the lead but still.
— Alan (@billet1684) December 20, 2020
— King Talks (@KingTalk23) December 20, 2020