For the second straight week, the New England Patriots were involved in yet another controversial call and once again, the call went in their favor in a game that had playoff implications.
On Sunday, Bills receiver Kelvin Benjamin hauled in touchdown pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor that would’ve gave the Bills a 4-point lead heading into halftime. However, after officials reviewed the play, they somehow concluded that Benjamin didn’t secure the catch with both feet inbounds the call was overturned.
The Bills were forced to kick a field goal instead.
The final score of the game was 37-16 and the play seemingly had no difference on the final score and the game had gotten away from the Bills in the second half.
But that didn’t stop Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes making a bold accusation at the NFL referees and the Patriots.
According to Mike Rodak of ESPN:
As Bills DE Jerry Hughes entered the locker room after Sunday’s loss to New England, ESPN cameras captured him saying, “Somebody in Boston got the refs on the payroll. Y’all paying them big money out here. Still ain’t gonna win, though.” Hughes was likely referring to Kelvin Benjamin’s overturned touchdown late in first half.