NFL Rules Expert Confirms Raiders Got Screwed On Bengals TD After Ref Erroneously Blew Whistle

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We have some controversy brewing in the Bengals-Raiders wildcard playoff game.

Late in the second quarter, Bengals QB Joe Burrow threw a TD pass while running towards the sideline. Before the Bengals TD catch, it appeared that a ref had blown a whistle while the ball was still in the air, which should have ruled the play dead on the spot.

NBC’s rules expert Terry McAulay confirmed that the refs made a mistake by not calling the play dead due to the whistle.

“What they should have done with the erroneous whistle is replay the down because it was a loose ball in flight, they can’t have a touchdown on that play by rule.”