This call was very controversial.
The NFC Divisional round kicked off on Saturday afternoon. Philadelphia hosted Atlanta in a battle of the birds with backup Nick Foles taking on reigning MVP Matt Ryan.
Both teams were offensively challenged early, with turnovers and penalties defining the play. In the second quarter the Eagles broke through with the game’s first touchdown — but missed the extra point.
On the ensuing drive, Matt Ryan led the Falcons down the field and nearly connected on a pass to Mohamed Sanu. The officials believed Sanu was interfered with, gifting Atlanta with a first down.
Many were unhappy with the call. They would become less happy when Ryan found Devonta Freeman in the endzone for a touchdown.
The Falcons took a 10-6 lead late in the second quarter. But we’re left wondering if the refs got the controversial penalty that led to the touchdown correct.
Here’s the play.
This was called a penalty. pic.twitter.com/7dAJeVgGug
— Philly Sports (@MadeForPhilly) January 13, 2018
The officials ruled head-to-head contact led to the flag. It was a very interesting call, and could change the momentum of the game as Philly thought it had the Falcons stopped.
As it stands, Atlanta leads 10-6 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.