Bills Fans Outraged About Colts Fumble: Here’s What The NFL Said About The Play
The Bills won their first playoff game in 25 years on Saturday against the Indianapolis Colts, 27-24 in the first Wild Card game of the 2020 NFL playoffs.
The Bills' offense had a good day, despite a slow start from lack of possessions, while the defense struggled at times with the Colts' offense, especially on third down.
However, despite the win, Bills fans and non-Bills fans alike were talking about the "apparent" fumble that Colts receiver Zach Pascal made on the final drive of the game, as Indianapolis was driving for the game-tying field goal.
Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers completed a pass to Pascal on 4th down near midfield. Pascal tried to get up after he wasn't touched by a Bills defender and had the ball ripped out by safety Jordan Poyer.
Former VP of Officiating Mike Pereira disagreed with the call.
Despite the apparent fumble, the call on the field was down by contact, and the referees didn't review it until Bills head coach Sean McDermott called timeout.
After watching the replay multiple times, most thought the call would be overturned to a fumble (which meant the game would be over). However, the play stood as call and the Colts drive continued. Luckily for Bills Mafia, a last-second Hail Mary attempt fell incomplete.
Fans took to social media to show their outrage and believe it or not, the NFL Officiating's Twitter account stood by their call and went a step further, saying that there was no "visual evidence on replay to overturn the call on the field."
Thank goodness it didn't cost the Bills the win because the NFL would've had a huge problem explaining this in the weeks to come if it had.