NFL fans were upset by a fourth quarter penalty on Sunday which nullified an interception and helped the Chiefs beat the Jets. Photo Credit: NBC Sauce Gardner is called for a controversial penalty which negated a potential game-changing interception in Sunday night’s Chiefs vs. Jets game. Photo Credit: NBC

Leading 23-20 over the New York Jets on Sunday night, the Kansas City Chiefs got the ball back with 7:24 remaining in the game. They managed to run the entire clock out and came away with a win — but not without controversy.

Kansas City faced a third-and-20 from their own 40. The Jets blitzed and right before Patrick Mahomes was hit, the Chiefs quarterback threw the ball down the field. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Mahomes’ intended receiver, was being double-teamed and defensive back Michael Carter II came away with the interception. But as Carter began his return, fans watching the game on television saw a penalty flag come in, thrown by the official who was standing essentially parallel with where Carter caught the ball.

New York’s Sauce Gardner was called for defensive holding. That not only nullified what would have been Mahomes’ third interception of the night but also gave the Chiefs a fresh set of downs.

The Chiefs took full advantage of the nullified pick and ran the rest of the clock out.

After the game, Jets coach Robert Saleh wouldn’t comment on the call but did confirm that it his anger and eventually resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty against him as the Kansas City was in victory formation.

Others were more critical, with football fans blasting the call itself and the fact that it wasn’t exactly thrown swiftly.

Did the penalty keep the Jets from winning the game? Maybe not. They had a long way to go to even get in position to kick a game-tying field goal and after scoring a touchdown on the first possession of the second half, were shut out for the remainder of the game.

But much like the call at the end of the Super Bowl, it’s fair to wonder.

[Photo Credit: NBC]

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