NFL franchise Cincinnati Bengals QB Joe Burrow was on fire during the game against the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday. The game though had its fair share of refereeing drama when Burrow found Tyler Boyd for a TD pass but was almost out of bounds. This contentious play at the time did prompt a discussion among officials and also did elicit an errant whistle.
If a whistle was blown on the play, it is considered a void play in accordance with the NFL Rulebook. But on this occasion, the officials did allow the sequence to continue. The Bengals did take a 20-6 lead on the throw as the first quarter ended.
The Bengals have been a team looking to bring back the glory years once again. If Burrow continues to perform in games in this fashion, then the team is in with a great chance. The 31-year streak of losing postseason games is surely going to break with Burrow at the helm.
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Joe Burrow TD And Surrounding Controversy
The play itself isn’t much of an issue but it is more the erroneous whistle that has become a major point of contention. Even while broadcasting during the game, NBC’s rules expert Terry McAulay did say, “They can’t have a touchdown on that play, by rule.”
Though the Bengals did walk away winners in the clash, the NFL Senior VP of Officiating was seen answering some serious questions. Walt Anderson, post-game, did say in his pool report that the referees did determine after a conference that the whistle came after Boyd had caught the ball.
Dec 26, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (9) throws a pass against the Baltimore Ravens in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy- Reuters
But the play in question and replays of it does contradict his claims and clearly show the whistle being blown before the completion of the catch. It was on the field considered complete, while reviews were for whether Burrow or Boyd stepped out of bounds.
The play did end up eventually costing Raiders any chance that they have of victory. While the Bengals and their amazing wait for a victory of 31 years do indeed lose its shine a bit amidst all the chaos.