Unfortunately the New England Patriots were on the wrong end of an inadvertent whistle. The officiating controversy took place during the Monday Night Football game between the Patriots and the Bills. During the third quarter the official blew his whistle to stop the play and no one knew why. Brady was in bounds at the time and Amendola had nothing but open space ahead of him and might have even be able to score a touchdown.
NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino explained that the call was indeed an error.
“Line judge lost track of the football, blew his whistle inadvertently,” Blandino said Monday in an appearance on NFL Network, according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN. “It was a mistake. Whistle shouldn’t have been blown.”
Brady drops back, RIFLES one to Amemdola, he reels it in, DENIED BY THE INADVERTENT WHISTLE, OH WHAT CHAOS! pic.twitter.com/gCky2mivKe
— Doc Emrick (@DocInRealLife) November 24, 2015
If Tom Brady was angry before that, he had to have been seeing red after this happened. This was a major blunder that may have cost the Patriots a huge play and possibly a touchdown.
New England eventually went on to close out its 10th win of the season, rendering the play in question somewhat irrelevant.