Updated: Sunday, February 4, 2018, 9:41 PM
Ahead of the Super Bowl, NBC’s Cris Collinsworth assured me that he didn’t hate the Eagles.
He just hates it when touchdown calls go their way.
After the officials confirmed that a spectacular catch by Eagles running back Corey Clement (and an even better throw by quarterback Nick Foles) was indeed a touchdown, Collinsworth apparently couldn’t accept that the call went a Bird’s way, returning to the replay repeatedly even after the officials confirmed the Eagles touchdown.
“I would have called that incomplete,” Collinsworth said.
Collinsworth’s surprise is understandable, considering the Patriots benefited from controversial replay decisions. Three times – in games against the Jets, Steelers and Bills – NFL Senior VP of Officiating Alberto Riveron controversially overturned three touchdowns against the Patriots. In all three cases, the Patriots ended up winning (in a fourth, Riveron confirmed a questionable Patriots touchdown by Brandin Cooks with 23 seconds left to defeat the Texans).
In Collinsworth’s defense, the NFL’s catch rule is ridiculous. As The Ringer’s Rodger Sherman pointed out in the off-season, the section in the league’s rulebook that defines a catch has grown to be 649 words long, features three lettered subsections, six numbered items and two notes.
The only problem is most sports reporters or columnists watching the replay disagreed with Collinsworth’s take, and thought it was an easy touchdown.
Ok. What is Collinsworth watching? When was the ball ever "loose." Am I in a different stadium?
I wouldn’t have overturned it. Just too close.
Chris Collinsworth should not be part of the committee determining what a catch is moving forward. Gimme a break. Obvious catch.
Issue is control. Looks like he has it initially and gets both feet down in bounds. There is some movement of the ball, but don’t think enough to say loss of control. Call should stand.
chris collinsworth is the cops
Give it up already Cris Collinsworth + Al Michaels of NBC Sports. That was TD catch by Eagles. These replay suits at NFL have unfortunately turned NFL TV announcers into amateur Mike Pereiras, ready 2 discount every TD 4 slightest slow motion bobble. Sometimes a catch is a catch.
It was a catch @CollinsworthPFF get over it.
It’s telling that just about the only pundit to agree with Collinsworth was Eagles-troll and FS1 host Skip Bayless.
The foot was out of bounds before he had complete control of the ball. Pats got hosed. No surprise.