Late in the first half as the New England Patriots hosted the Houston Texans, Rob Gronkowski hauled in a beautiful juggling pass.
Or did he?
It sure looked like Gronk never had full possession, and the ball came out.
The officials in the booth did not stop the game — it was in the two-minute warning period, meaning any review comes from the booth — and the Patriots lined up quickly and ran another play.
A few plays later, Tom Brady hit Phillip Dorsett for a touchdown.
Twitter users had some pretty opinionated reactions to this controversial play, with some taking aim at Texans head coach Bill O’Brien for not calling a timeout to give the booth more time to look at the so-called catch.
Bill O'Brien is going to be a highly sought after offensive coordinator candidate this coming offseason. Not calling a timeout after that Gronkowski catch was malpractice. What a bad coaching effort from the Texans sideline.
— Walker Carey (@walkerRcarey) September 9, 2018
Gronkowski doesn’t make a catch and then the NFL doesn’t choose to review? No challenge available since there is less than 2 minutes. Seems like the refs are already playing for the Pats this year. #NEvsHOU #NFLSunday #bs
— Ryan Driver (@grd8901) September 9, 2018
Gronkowski with a real nice catch that wasn’t a catch. That’s pretty much leading to a TD. Lol Houston.
— Emerson (@EmmoK20) September 9, 2018
Others pointed to the inconsistency of NFL officials, as the Julio Jones play Thursday night was ruled incomplete despite what many viewed as a clear catch.
Anyone else just see that no catch by Gronkowski? This is how Pats win so many games. Little breaks like this allow them to capitalize with scoring drives.. It was clearly not a catch (see Julio Jones no catch from Thurs). It’s so crazy how every Patriots game I see this stuff..
— JT Trask (@jordanttrask) September 9, 2018
The NFL is nothing if not inconsistent.