It wouldn’t be a proper NFL playoff without the catch rule once again becoming a point of contention. And it raised its ugly head once again in today’s Bills-Bengal game.
Late in the second quarter, Bengals wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase came down with a dazzling touchdown grab that would have given the Bengals a 21–7 lead. But a booth review of the play resulted in the catch being overturned.
By law, a sufficient loss of control had occurred for the catch to be overturned. But that didn’t make it any less frustrating and the Bengals were eventually forced to settle for a field goal.
Fans are outraged at how frustrating and inconsistent the catch rule is. They’re complaining that it’s becoming impossible to enjoy a good catch because there’s always a chance they’ll get turned over for the smallest thing:
The catch rule has continued to plague the NFL in one way or another since the Dez Bryant incident in the 2014 playoffs.
In the years since that fatal catch there have been tons of interpretations of the catch rule – each more specific and frustrating than the last.
If the Bengals lose the game by a few points, there will be a lot of angry fans (and players) back in Cincinnati.
Does the league need to revise its catch rule again?