After having a chance to see the video of Pittsburgh Steelers safety Mike Mitchell’s hit to the back of his knees, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith called the shot from Sunday’s game between the teams about as flagrant as it gets.
I felt like it was extremely late, Smith said. I felt there was nothing done there to avoid contact. It was really low from the backside. I thought it was about as flagrant as it gets when it comes to a low hit on the quarterback.
I think when you start looking at … repeat offenders, I think when they get shots at quarterbacks, they’re going to take them.
But the defense has been consistently strong throughout the season for Jacksonville and did most of the Jaguars’ scoring by itself with touchdowns on back-to-back drives.
Jets coach Todd Bowles downplayed the impact of the controversial call, saying that his team had other opportunities to win. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Jets (3-3), who missed a chance to grab sole possession of first place in the AFC East.
The reversal of Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ apparent touchdown is one occasion when the final call didn’t match the eye test.
Corrente, speaking to a pool reporter, explained it this way:
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He lost the ball. It came out of his control as he was almost to the ground. Now he regrasps the ball, and by rule, now he has to complete the process of a recovery, which means he has to survive the ground again.
Corrente said the ball came out a second time as one knee hit the ground, adding, Now he’s out of bounds in the end zone, which now created a touchback.