Erroneous whistle on Bengals touchdown pass sparks confusion, controversia

Burrow scrambled to his right and threw across his body to connect with Boyd in the end zone. After the extra point, Cincinnati was up 20-6.

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El mariscal de campo de los Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow (9) looks to throw during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati.

El mariscal de campo de los Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow (9) looks to throw during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati. (Foto AP / Jeff Dean)

sin embargo, the play became the source of controversy as it appeared an official blew a whistle as Burrow was near the sideline.

It appeared it was possible that Burrow was out of bounds before he threw the ball but subsequent replays showed he was well in bounds before firing off the pass. The whistle sounded while the ball was in the air.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throws before an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow throws before an NFL wild-card playoff football game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati. (Foto AP / Jeff Dean)

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The referees ruled the play a touchdown and the call stood following a replay. The officials didn’t address the whistle that was heard. Because the whistle wasn’t addressed, fans wondered whether if they actually heard the sound or if they were just dreaming it.

NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero noted the rules when it came to any kind of whistle.

“Domingo por la noche de fútbol” rules analyst Terry McAulay said during the broadcast the play should’ve been blown dead.

El mariscal de campo de los Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow (9) throws during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati.

El mariscal de campo de los Cincinnati Bengals Joe Burrow (9) throws during the first half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Las Vegas Raiders, sábado, ene. 15, 2022, en Cincinnati. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

A pesar de todo, the play stood and Cincinnati had a comfortable lead. The Raiders would score on the next drive to cut the deficit to 20-13.

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