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Patriots’ Hunter Henry, Bill Belichick address controversial overturned TD in loss to Vikings: ‘I caught it’

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On Thanksgiving night, the New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings went head to head in a game that went all the way. After the Vikings’ 33–26 win, there was one game in particular that kept going up: Hunter Henry’s touchdown, which was called off after it was ruled he didn’t retain possession of the ball when he hit the ground. The Patriots’ tight end was visibly upset after it was changed, and he claims it was supposed to be the catch and the result.

Patriots quarterback Mack Jones took aim at Henry to catch the ball from six yards on the third goal. Henry caught the ball and reached over the goal line, but the referees ruled that as he hit the ground, the ball wobbled in his hands.

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The US Bank crowd erupted over the decision, but Henry was unenthusiastic as he brushed off the fan noise. Henry explained his position to reporters after the defeat.

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“I think I got him,” Henry said in the Patriots locker room. via ESPN.com. “He said the ball hit the ground. But I believe my hand was under the ball. It.”

He added that he wanted to “really see it in the cinema and just try to get better and control the ball all the way so there’s no question.”

Patriots coach Bill Belichick was also asked about the call after the game, but he dismissed the question.

“Why don’t you guys go over there with your billiards reporter and ask them about the play? Isn’t that what you do?” he asked.

So, NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Walt Anderson was asked about the game, and he explained why it was deemed incomplete.

“Because when he hits the ground, he has to keep control of the ball when it hits the ground,” Anderson said. “The term commonly used is ‘survive on earth’. Many people refer to this. So when he hits the ground, he has the elements of two legs and control, but because he hits the ground, he has to maintain control of the ball when it actually hits the ground. .”

The Patriots had to settle for a field goal that seemed to be the plot of the game. They had ample opportunities to score in the red zone, but ended up with only four field goals.

“We have to move on from this [overturned] play and play the rest of the game. There was plenty of time,” Jones said. “There were other times when we could have done it and it wouldn’t have been a problem. One call cannot determine the outcome. We should be able to do better, so it’s not even close.”

The Patriots fell to 6-5 with the loss, while the Vikings improved to 9-2.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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