The NFL chief explains the Chiefs’ performance amid a wave of criticism for taking over the AFC Championships

NFL officials tried to explain what happened in the controversial third loss in the fourth quarter of the AFC Championship Game between Kansas City Chiefs and Cincinnati Bengals.

In third place with just over 10 minutes to play in the game is The Bengals stopped the chiefs to stir up what he thought was the fourth down. However, the officials determined that the whistle had been blown before the ball could be snapped and instead of the Chiefs ready to punt, they were given another opportunity to try to convert on third down.

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Zack Taylor, head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, speaks with referee Ronald Torbert, quarterback, and line referee Jeff Seaman during the AFC Championship game against the Chiefs at GEHA Stadium at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023, in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The noise in Arrowhead Stadium seemed to prevent the other officials from hearing the whistle. Bengals coach Zack Taylor was furious at the touchline. On the next play, Chiefs’ quarterback Patrick Mahomes was sacked for a loss of 8 yards, but Bengals cornerback Eli Apple was called to hold the play.

In the pool report, the officials explained what was going on. Professional Football Writers Association reporter Ben Bibi asked referee Ron Torbert to explain what happened in the third replay.

Torbert explained, “On the previous play, there was an incomplete pass. We spotted the ball, but the line umpire came and re-spotted the ball because the point was off.” “We have reset the game clock and the game clock has started. It should not start because there was an incomplete pass on the previous play.

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“The field judge noticed that the game clock was on. He was coming to shut down play so we could fix the clock but no one heard him and the play was run. After the play was over, he came in and we argued he was trying to stop play before the ball snapped. So, we reset the clock The game back to the way it was before that shot and we brought the third ball back.”

Referee Ronald Torbert responds during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Stadium at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Referee Ronald Torbert responds during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Stadium at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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The play angered some fans on social media. Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase was among those upset by the extra running back.

Fortunately, for the Bengals, the defense was able to hold strong against the Chiefs and force them to punt after three overtime plays.

On Cincinnati’s next drive, Joe Burrow threw an interception. The score remains tied at 20-20 at the moment with less than 7 minutes to play.

The Chiefs' Chris Jones relieves Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Stadium at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The Chiefs’ Chris Jones relieves Joe Burrow of the Cincinnati Bengals during the AFC Championship game at GEHA Stadium at Arrowhead Stadium on January 29, 2023 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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