The New England Patriots took their first and only lead in Super Bowl LII with about 11 minutes left in the 4th Quarter. The lead didn’t last long, as we all know by now. However, the Patriots should’ve never gotten the lead. As I watched highlights last night via Turning Point, I noticed that Danny Amendola fumbled on the 27-yard line during that drive as Rodney McLeod ripped the ball from him and the Eagles recovered. The problem was that the refs blew the play dead once Amendola hit the ground and NBC never showed a replay from the angle that made the fumble visible.
Here is the play. Listen for the whistle. They aren’t blown until Amendola clearly hits the ground.
Here are the stills that clearly show the ball coming out before Amendola hit the ground, which means before the whistle, as we saw in the video above.
Mychal Kendricks obviously makes a clear recovery of the ball.
It should have been Eagles ball on the 27-yard line. Jalen Mills pleaded the case with the Back Judge, but he wasn’t having it even though he had the perfect angle to see the fumble. Imagine that.
Feels even better beating the Patriots knowing the refs helped them score and briefly go ahead. F*ck the Patriots and the refs.