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Official’s errant whistle blow affects Raiders-Bengals game

Controversy the clouds Super Wild Card Weekend playoff game

AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Las Vegas Raiders v Cincinnati Bengals
Joe Burrow
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UDPATE: The NFL has made a statement on the play:

Controversy has loomed over yet another Raiders’ playoff game.

In the second quarter of the Las Vegas Raiders-Cincinnati Bengals’ Super Wild Card Weekend game on Saturday afternoon, the Bengals took a 20-6 lead in the second quarter on a short touchdown pass from quarterback Joe Burrow to wide receiver Tyler Boyd.

Burrow was nearly out of bounds as he threw the ball and an official’s whistle could be heard just before Boyd caught the ball. After the play, several Las Vegas defenders appeared to be confused.

The blown whistle was clearly a mistake, but by rule, the play should have been called dead and the third down should have been played over. It was not.

The play was discussed on the NBC broadcast and their crew summarized that the touchdown call was a mistake, even though it may have not affected the play. The “erroneous whistle” was also a major topic on the Internet.

The mistake by referee Jerome Boger and his crew will likely face greater scrutiny for the miscue after the game.