After trailing 20-10 in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl, the Kansas City Chiefs took a stunning late lead over the San Francisco 49ers thanks to a touchdown catch and run by running back Damien Williams.
But should it have counted?
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With Kansas City trailing 20-17 with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter, Williams took a swing pass from Patrick Mahomes on third-and-goal from the five-yard line and ran to the corner of the end zone.
Williams reached the ball over the right pylon as he was pushed out of bounds.
Officials ruled it a go-ahead touchdown.
They took a long look at the play via replay review to determine if Williams actually scored.
Replays showed a close play as Williams stepped out of bounds around the same time the ball crossed the plane.
But none of the angles showed anything conclusive. Officials ruled that the call on the field stood, granting the Chiefs a touchdown as they took a 24-20 lead.
Had officials not ruled it a touchdown on the field, it seems likely that call would have stood as well.
Replay wasn’t clear, and the biggest call in the Super Bowl swung in the Chiefs’ favour.
The NFL world immediately erupted over the controversy, with many baffled as to why the defining camera angle wasn’t directly in line with the goal line.
They’ve got all of these cameras on this game & there is no clear shot down the goal line right now? How is this possible?? https://t.co/SdM3kwwwhi— Jordan Strack (@JordanStrack) February 3, 2020
It’s 2020. How in the hell does the NFL not have a camera shooting straight down that goal line? IN THE SUPER BOWL— Dave “Softy” Mahler (@Softykjr) February 3, 2020
Eight billion cameras and they don’t have one on the goal line for the damn Super Bowl lmao— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) February 3, 2020
It’s the Super Bowl.— Marty Smith (@MartySmithESPN) February 3, 2020
How’s there no goal line camera?
Why is there not a camera even with the goal line?— Anchorage Man (@SethPartnow) February 3, 2020
Goal line camera wasn’t pointed at the goal line there. Kind of a problem.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) February 3, 2020
No clue how they don’t have a camera right down the goalline there.— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 3, 2020
49ers fans blast ruling
Needless to say, San Francisco fans were not particularly happy.
Can we all agree that wasn’t a touchdown ??— J (@lejocey) February 3, 2020
Clearly the foot was out. Wow— Jeremy smallwood (@BigMoose417) February 3, 2020
He was out of bounds!— Richard Kane (@rksnj67) February 3, 2020
However it may not have mattered as Williams scored another touchdown with 1:12 remaining to secure a 31-20 win for the Chiefs.
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All it took was falling behind by double digits in the postseason again. Then Mahomes, selected MVP, hit two long passes on touchdown drives.
The vaunted 49ers defense wilted late, particularly on passes of 44 yards to Tyreek Hill and 38 to Sammy Watkins.
The touchdowns came on short throws to Travis Kelce to cut the deficit to three and to Williams for the lead.
The first NFL title in Chiefs coach Reid's two-decade career was clinched by Williams' 38-yard TD run, sending red-clad Chiefs fan into chants of “Andy!'' Andy!”
Reid, 61, won a Super Bowl ring with the 1996 Packers while in charge of tight ends. He's been seeking one as a head coach since being hired by Philadelphia in 1999. The Eagles lost in their only trip to the big game after the 2004 season.
The Chiefs (15-4) trailed 24-0 and 17-7 in their previous playoff games.
Their fans in the crowd of 62,417 at Hard Rock Stadium got little opportunity to chant and do the tomahawk chop as KC fell behind 20-10 with 17 1-2 minutes remaining.
Mahomes even threw his second interception of the night after that. But then came the kind of Mahomes magic that makes him special.