A picture is worth a thousand words in most cases. But sometimes a picture is worth 7 points.
As Sports Illustrated’s photo below clearly shows, the ball is NOT in Watkins’ hands as it crosses the goal line and hits the pylon. First down, Miami, at its own 20. Period. Indisputable.
As a free gift from the NFL for their home opener, the Bills got all the calls, all day long. But no call was worse than the one above.
On a side note, I WISH all the announcers would stop saying that all scoring plays are reviewed. They clearly are not, or else this easy blown call would have been corrected.
At the very least, Joe Philbin needs to be aware of this, and call a timeout or something…anything…to stall and give the officials more time to look it over. Although in this case, with the refs clearly on the Bills’ side all day long, it might not have mattered.