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Controversial ruling on Zach Pascal fumble nearly cost Bills first playoff win since 1995

It simply would not be wild-card weekend within the NFL with out a (probably) controversial ruling by the officers.

Mentioned ruling occurred late within the fourth quarter of the Payments-Colts sport in Orchard Park, N.Y. Indianapolis, trailing 27-24, was trying to mount a drive into area purpose vary to ship the sport into additional time. On fourth-and-10 on the Colts’ 37 and with simply 50 seconds remaining, Indy quarterback Philip Rivers discovered receiver Zach Pascal for an 18-yard acquire to the Buffalo 45.

Besides: Payments security Zach Poyer appeared to have pressured a fumble, recovered by Buffalo, after Pascal obtained off the bottom, which might have basically ended the sport. Pascal, although, was dominated down by contact. As a result of the play occurred below the two-minute mark, Payments coach Sean McDermott was pressured to name a timeout to make sure the play can be reviewed. (Officers gave Payments the timeout again, saying they might have stopped play to conduct a sales space assessment.)

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Replay appeared to indicate Pascal standing when Poyer pressured the fumble, and likewise not touched whereas on the turf, however officers upheld the decision.

This is the play — with accompanying clarification — for reference:

The ruling, even with the seemingly inaccurate clarification, saved Indianapolis alive in its upset bid. The Colts could not do a lot with the present, nonetheless: One play later, Michael Pittman Jr. took a 1-yard reception and fumbled it for a internet 2-yard loss. Rivers threw the ball out of bounds on the following two performs, forcing Indianapolis to try a game-ending Hail Mary from the Payments’ 47.

Rivers’ cross fell wanting supposed receiver T.Y. Hilton, with Payments defender Micah Hyde knocking the ball harmlessly to the bottom. That gave Buffalo its first playoff win because it downed the Dolphins 37-22 within the wild-card spherical of the 1995 playoffs.

Fortunately for the officers, they turned a a lot smaller a part of the sport than they may have been in any other case. The second-seeded Payments superior to the divisional spherical of the playoffs, the place they are going to as soon as once more host a sport.

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