Within the Broncos’ 27-24 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium, a landing go to Courtland Sutton modified the momentum of the sport within the second half.
The state of affairs. The Broncos took a 17-13 lead, dealing with Third-and-11 at their very own 16-yard line with 4:17 left within the third quarter.
Formation. Shotgun left with journeys and Courtland Sutton huge to the precise. Latavius Murray within the backfield from quarterback Russell Wilson on the precise.
The enchantment of the play. Jerry Judy, Kendall Hinton and Sutton ran deep vertical routes. Albert Okwuegbunam shortly ran out. Murray took a flare route out of the backfield.
The outcome. Wilson flanked Sutton all the time, and after getting good safety within the pocket, threw a deep go to Sutton, who was double lined by cornerback Jalen Watson and linebacker Brian Prepare dinner. Sutton went up and high-pointed the go with a pivot-spin catch and downed the Kansas Metropolis 40-yard line. Sutton stood up, signaled to get down first, then dropped the soccer like a microphone as he left. Prepare dinner and Watson have been left one another, questioning what had occurred, each clearly shocked that Sutton had caught. However it was for naught as Sutton was flagged for go interference.
The consequence. Sutton was angered by the decision as he walked off the sector. On the finish of his route, Sutton prolonged his proper hand to Prepare dinner, barely pushing the security away from him as each went up for Wilson’s soar ball. CBS coloration commentator Adam Archuleta, a former NFL security, agreed with Sutton.
So did former umpire/community guidelines analyst Gene Steratore, who mentioned: “I do not suppose Prepare dinner goes again on Sutton after breaking apart with him.”
“Yeah, there’s a little bit little bit of a hand there (that Sutton is extending), however in case you watch Prepare dinner’s left hand, it is a little bit bit over Sutton’s proper hand,” Steratore mentioned. “To me, not calling is the perfect name within the recreation.”
Broncos interim head coach Jerry Roseburg mentioned the decision was “unlucky” and Judy added:
Going through Third and 19 on the subsequent play, the Broncos didn’t convert and gave the ball again to Kansas Metropolis. Patrick Mahomes went on to guide the Chiefs with a six-play, 65-yard landing drive to place the hosts again in entrance, 20-17. Wilson punted on the subsequent drive, placing KC within the purple zone for an additional TD to make it 27-17.
The decision on Sutton modified the tone of the sport. Had Sutton not been flagged for PI, the Broncos would have been in discipline aim vary with the potential to increase their lead. As an alternative, the momentum shift attributable to the flag led to consecutive Kansas Metropolis TDs, the final of which proved to be the game-winner.