One of Super Bowl LVI’s most controversial plays came in the first shot in the second half, when Bengals wide receiver T. Higgins scored a 75-yard touchdown after his appearance Get Galen Ramsey’s face mask and tossed him to the ground. After the match, referee Ronald Torbert gave an explanation of the play – and he considered that the officials on the field understood the matter correctly.
“Our rule is that if there’s a snatch, twist, and turn, there’s enough to make a mistake,” Torbert said. He told the Professional Football Writers Association reporter Joe Reddy. “If there’s just a rake across the face mask, where there’s no twist and turn even if there’s a grab, there’s no error. Officials haven’t seen any contact that rose to the level of error for a 15-yard face mask.”
The replay appears to clearly show Higgins grabbing Ramsey’s face mask with his left hand and deflecting it toward the ground, causing Ramsey to lose balance and throw the ball out of place to play the ball. Not only did the play give Cincinnati the lead, but it caused a huge swing in momentum, as the Rams threw an interception on the next play of the melee.
In the end, Los Angeles managed to claim victory in the final moments of the match, leaving this play to end as water under the bridge for the final score.
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