© Maddie Meyer / Getty Images Sport / Getty Stop us if you've heard this before, but the NFL world isn't happy about the perceived preferential treatment for the New England Patriots by the referees.
First, Titans wide receiver Eric Decker was hit with a questionable offensive pass interference penalty that wiped away a third-down conversion and forced Tennessee to punt. The Patriots took the lead on the ensuing drive.
Later, the officials changed an offsides penalty against the Patriots on a fourth-down punt to a neutral zone infraction against the Titans, giving New England a first down. Again, the Patriots took advantage of their good fortune and engineered a scoring drive.
Twitter wasn't impressed by the performance of the referees:
“The ruling on the field is it’s the Patriots. First down.”— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) January 14, 2018
This is out of control.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2018
The Patriots would probably be up regardless, but the officiating in Foxboro has been absolutely embarrassing.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 14, 2018
Hard enough to go to Foxborough to play the Patriots. Playing the refs too might be too much!— Michael Roos (@MichaelRoos) January 14, 2018
Lol . Foxborough in Jan #typical— ROBERT MATHIS The1st (@RobertMathis98) January 14, 2018
the titans are getting jobbed and outplayed.
💃🏻 both 🕺🏻 things 💃🏻 are 🕺🏻 true— Mina Kimes (@minakimes) January 14, 2018
Wait a second..How and what the? Pats keep the ball after an overturned false start The Titans could have had possession on the plus side of the 50. This could really loom big— Steve Wyche (@wyche89) January 14, 2018
*Titans accidentally blink while on the field *
Refs: FLAG ON THE PLAY pic.twitter.com/8b445uaeTr— Tony X. (@soIoucity) January 14, 2018
Dude, at some point this just gets ridiculous. Every call— Jon Ledyard (@LedyardNFLDraft) January 14, 2018
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