The NFL got two exciting overtime games on Championship Weekend, with the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams prevailing in sudden death overtime thrillers that drew rave reviews and huge ratings. It also had both of those games marred by considerably controversial officiating decisions, with Saints fans up in arms about a missed pass interference call and Chiefs fans feeling like officials gave the Patriots a break on a play that could have swung the game.
On a play where Tom Brady was ultimately intercepted, Chiefs defensive lineman Dee Ford was flagged for an offside penalty. Replays showed that he actually lined up offside, which is why the pre-snap penalty let the play happen anyway.
The penalty gave the Patriots the ball back, but Ford legitimately didn’t know if he was offside on the play. Video that surfaced on Tuesday revealed that Ford went back to the sideline and had to ask others there if he was really offside.
In Ford’s defense, some people have pointed out that he may have been duped offside because of where the left tackle for the Patriots lined up.
It won’t matter much now, though, as the results won’t change no matter what video footage emerges. But at least Chiefs fan’s haven’t, say, filed a lawsuit about it.