The New England Patriots got a gift thanks to the refs as a clear delay of game penalty was missed and resulted in a Patriots touchdown.
The play, which involved Patriots third string rookie QB Bailey Zappe throwing his first career touchdown, was supposed to be ruled a delay of game as the ball was snapped at least two seconds after the play clock hit zero. The referees inexplicably let play continue and DeVante Parker got the score to put the Patriots in the lead against the Green Bay Packers.
lol the Patriots blanked the end of the play clock by at least two full seconds and got a free touchdown because of it pic.twitter.com/yHRlRd7nlw
— Christian D'Andrea (@TrainIsland) October 2, 2022
The NFL’s version of this clip is slightly different than what you see above. On their Twitter account, they posted the video, but edited out the portion that would indicate the referees screwed up. Either that was intentional or the person editing the NFL’s social media clips never did it before and they’re terrible.
In all seriousness, you can still hear Jim Nantz say, “They were generous there. They were generous. They didn’t beat it.” But if you didn’t know the context, it wouldn’t really register.
Bailey Zappe's first career TD pass gives the @Patriots the lead!
— NFL (@NFL) October 2, 2022
This detail wasn’t lost on many who pointed out that the NFL, or at least those running their Twitter account, are hiding something and trying to keep these refs looking good.
Bold of them to show it after the delay of game that didn't get called https://t.co/fZ5bRtG6P1
— Tony (@tonytaylorvo) October 2, 2022
Convenient you didn’t show the play clock at -3 seconds https://t.co/MlGLLou5BD
— 𝐽𝐸𝑁 𝑀𝐴𝐶𝐾 🧀 (@BigMack_4) October 2, 2022
Nice job cutting the delay of game out of the clip lmao https://t.co/rdOntr4VtI
— ʎǝɹoƆ (@CoreySources) October 2, 2022
Why don't you show the snap https://t.co/eiL9CgvFJV
— erin alyce (@herooine) October 2, 2022
They really cut out the blatant missed delay of game 😭😭😭😭shameless https://t.co/i6SG0Mncme
— Esdeath (@vtbrconnoisseur) October 2, 2022
They start the video after it’s snapped😂 https://t.co/GCHngKhCK4
— Joey Ternullo (@jternullo18) October 2, 2022
Show the snap though https://t.co/RSAPupkepy
— Meagan (@WiscoSwiftie) October 2, 2022
Show the 15 seconds before lol https://t.co/SBFqjm4EWO
— Le’Andre Fox 🌴 (@DreFox_) October 2, 2022
I see you guys cut the play short so we wouldn’t see the clear delay of game💀 https://t.co/VtpLjUqRc4
— Owen Kidd (@OKiddVT) October 2, 2022
LOL! They start the clip after the snap!
— PredsPackFan89 (@PredsPackFan89) October 2, 2022