Is it too late for a do-over on the 2019 NFL playoffs?
Of course it is.
So the NFL is just throwing fresh salt in an old wound by correcting a controversial penalty that cost the Bills a chance to beat the Texans in an AFC wild card game on Jan. 4, 2020 . Turns out, it was a blown call.
In an officiating training video published to Twitter on Friday, NFL Senior VP of Officiating Training and Development Walt Anderson says Bills right tackle Cody Ford’s illegal block should not have been a penalty.
The Bills faced a third-and-9 in overtime when Ford was flagged for an illegal blindside block as quarterback Josh Allen scrambled for four yards . No call could’ve meant a game-winning 56-yard field-goal attempt, but the penalty was accepted and followed by an incomplete pass and punt. The Texans won the game on the next possession.
Fifteen months later, Anderson said, “Back towards his own end line, and again just makes really more of a nudge block. Not the type of forcible contact threshold that has to be met for a blindside block rule.”
Independent rules experts expressed a similar sentiment at the time, but the NFL’s official stance was that it was the correct call. Ford was even fined $28,075, according to Yahoo Sports.
The new 89-second video shows several clips that illustrate what is and what is not an illegal blindside block. The Bills’ example is the last one.
Time for a meaningless apology!
The Bills won their first two playoff games since 1995 earlier this year. But the drought-buster could’ve come one year earlier.