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Refs screwed Panthers: Browns got away with penalty before game-winner

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

Cleveland Browns quarterback Jacoby Brissett. (Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports)

The Browns victory on the Panthers was shrouded in controversy after referees botched a late call that could have prevented Clevelands game-winner.

We arent even through one full week of NFL action and the referees have previously impacted the consequence of a casino game.

The Browns and Panthers came together for just one of the more intriguing matchups in Week 1 considering Baker Mayfields link with the former while quarterbacking the latter.

However, a missed call overshadowed the grudge match, allowing Cleveland to win the overall game 26-24, taking the lead on a 58-yard field goal with eight seconds remaining.

Prior to the kick, Browns QB Jacoby Brissett seemed to fake a spike prior to going through with the motion to avoid the clock and create the kick attempt.

The Browns shouldnt have already been in a position to kick game-winner over Panthers

The referee stated it clear as day: The ball player faked the spike and threw the spike.

Thats, by this is, contrary to the rules.

As Will Brinson described, the rule specifically addresses spikes and fake spikes:

A passer, after delaying his passing action for strategic purposes, is prohibited from throwing the ball to the bottom before him, despite the fact that he could be under no pressure from defensive rusher(s).

Brisset delayed his passing action while a Browns receiver begun to run a route. Its indisputable that Cleveland designed to run a fake spike play.

The Browns must have been penalized for intentional grounding, which may have already been a lack of down and a 10-yard penalty. They might have already been pushed from the 40-yard line to the 50, facing 4th-and-6.

The game-winning kick could have needed to be 68 yards. The longest field goal in NFL history was 64 yards.

The ruling essentially changed the results of the overall game, lacking record-breaking field goal or perhaps a Cleveland Hail Mary completion.

Following the game, referee Brad Rogers gave an incoherent explanation as to the reasons they ruled the direction they did.

After discussion, we determined that stepping back will not disqualify the quarterback from spiking the ball and we allowed him to achieve that by rule, Rogers said.

Except he said the contrary when announcing the ruling. Remember?The ball player faked the spike and threw the spike.

That explanation doesnt hold water and only makes this whole situation look worse.

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