Officials miss possible taunting call on Tyreek Hill during Chiefs’ go-ahead touchdown vs. Bills

Officers missed what may have been a taunting penalty on Tyreek Hill throughout his go-ahead landing late within the fourth quarter of the Chiefs and Payments’ AFC divisional-round recreation on Sunday.

Throughout Hill’s 64-yard landing reception — which put Kansas Metropolis up 33-29 with 1:04 remaining in regulation — he flashed his signature peace signal at Payments linebacker Matt Milano, who was not practically quick sufficient to maintain the speedy receiver out of the top zone.

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Whereas the play was definitely thrilling, officers may have penalized Hill. Based mostly on the NFL’s enforcement of the controversial rule, taunting is outlined as “the usage of baiting or taunting acts or phrases that engender ailing will between groups.” Had they enforced the rule, it could have been a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the foul, at roughly the 16-yard line. That might have given the Chiefs first-and-10 from the Payments’ 31, nonetheless trailing 29-26.

Curiously, the Chiefs could have benefitted from such a ruling, as which will have lower into the time for Josh Allen to engineer a last-minute go-ahead landing drive if Kansas Metropolis was capable of take the lead after a penalty. Allen (27 of 39 passing, 329 yards, 4 touchdowns) discovered Gabriel Davis for the pair’s fourth landing connection of the sport with simply 13 seconds remaining in regulation.

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Patrick Mahomes accomplished passes of 19 and 25 yards to Hill and tight finish Travis Kelce to get to the Payments’ 31-yard line. Harrison Butker sank the 49-yard subject aim from there, sending the sport to extra time with the sport tied at 36.

Kansas Metropolis gained the extra time toss, marching methodically downfield and ending the sport with an 8-yard landing connection between Mahomes and tight finish Travis Kelce. It was the fifth rating following the two-minute warning within the fourth quarter.

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Sarcastically, Hill himself was taunted with the peace signal through the Chiefs’ 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Tremendous Bowl 55 — a play many opponents of the rule pointed to when the NFL mandated it’s extra strictly enforced: Then-rookie Antoine Winfield Jr. obtained in Hill’s face and flashed the peace signal, drawing a 15-yard penalty and incurring a $7,815 effective.

The NFL’s taunting rule has largely been panned this season. One in every of its largest criticisms has been the shortage of consistency of what deserves a name, and when. Officers in Sunday’s recreation demonstrated, as soon as once more, one of many largest faults with the rule.


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