Referees make controversial call that kept New England close in AFC title game


Myles Jack and the Jacksonville Jaguars aren't going to be happy. However, the conspiracy theorists that believe the National Football League is around to get the New England Patriots to the Super Bowl, those fine people will be thrilled.

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Jack forced New England running back Dion Lewis to fumble the football on Sunday, leading to the linebacker scooping the ball up and with nothing but green grass in his way from scoring a huge touchdown. Unfortunately, a referee whistled the play dead, preventing any such aftermath from ever taking place.

Here is the video of the play (draw your own conclusion):

Oddly enough, that fumble came on a New England trick play that was working smoothly until the end. Then again, it can be argued that it worked out smoothly through the end of the play, as the Patriots didn't give the Jaguars a touchdown.

Here is the full trick play in all its glory:

The Jaguars would go on to punt after the turnover, the Patriots would drive down and score a touchdown and New England never wavered, overcoming the late deficit to win the AFC championship.

If you are a fan of the New England Patriots, you are mildly thrilled with how this entire ordeal went down.

If you happen to be a fan of the Jacksonville Jaguars, you are slightly less happy — probably angry and randomly yelling out Blake Bortles related facts.