We have ourselves a refereeing controversy in Kansas City.
In the second quarter of the Chiefs’ primetime matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers at Arrowhead Stadium, Patrick Mahomes threw a pass intended for Marquez Valdes-Scantling that was picked off by Nasir Adderley.
But the play was called back, with the referees flagging Bryce Callahan for illegal contact. Perhaps, but Valdes-Scantling wasn’t exactly in the clear himself, in turn getting away with blatant offensive pass interference.
We actually shouldn’t be totally surprised by this. Illegal contact was one of the calls that the NFL made clear it wanted to see more of, and rules analysts were quick to point out that there would be a sharp uptick in such calls.
The illegal contact resulted in replaying of the down, and the Chiefs ended up making use of the penalty, with the drive later resulting in a touchdown.