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Here’s the ref’s explanation for the controversial replay in Patriots-Bills game

Bills wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to catch a touchdown pass in the second quarter.JOHN CETRINO/EPA-EFE/REX

Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin appeared to catch a touchdown pass just before halftime of Sunday’s game vs. the Patriots.

But after a replay review, the call on the field was overturned.

After the game, a pool reporter interviewed referee Craig Wrolstad. Here is the Q&A, as provided by the Patriots’ media relations staff:

On the Kelvin Benjamin overturned touchdown, what was the conclusive evidence to overturn the call?

“When the receiver got confirmed control of the football, he was not able to get both feet down in bounds. So, his back foot was already off the ground and it stepped out of bounds. His firm control did not occur until after he had one foot off the ground.”


On replay, did you feel that was clear and obvious?

“It was clear and obvious that he did not have control of the ball until he brought it all the way down into his chest.”

Field Judge Steve Zimmer pointed towards Benjamin’s feet after the play and he was the closest official. Was he consulted during that replay process to share what he saw?

“Well, he might share it with me before I go into the booth, but during the replay process, Steve is not consulted at that time.”

Is there one decisive angle that clinched for you when you’re reviewing it?

“I think we looked at the angle where we had a foot drag early before he had control, and then we looked at when he had control and then we went back again to look at the feet. It was determined clearly that he was not able to get his second foot down after he had control.”

The NFL also posted a video of its replay official, Al Riveron, explaining the replay ruling:

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