It’s painful to watch how close the Broncos last second effort to score a touchdown was against the Chargers. Ideally, Matthew Willis would have caught the ball and confetti would have fallen from the sky.
Let’s take a look at the play:
While the refs didn’t call pass interference Chargers’ CB Dante Hughes for pushing Willis out of the endzone, the non-call is up for debate.
According to the NFL, pass interference is:
“When any player movement beyond the line of scrimmage significantly hinders the progress of an eligible player of such player’s opportunity to catch the ball.”
Under section A:
“Contact by a defender who is not playing the ball and such contact restricts the receiver’s opportunity to make the catch.”
Clearly Hughes’ shove was not incidental contact. Had the call been made, the Broncos would have received the ball on the Chargers’ 1-yard line.
A missed call and a missed opportunity in my opinion. What’s yours?