The New England Patriots were left mystified after an apparent turnover was erased in Monday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
With Kansas City leading 6-3 on a third-and-4 play with 6:42 remaining in the second quarter, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes appeared to lose control of the ball before his knee touched the ground on a sack by Patriots defensive end Chase Winovich. Patriots linebacker Shilique Calhoun plucked the ball out of the air and began running toward the end zone, but officials whistled the play dead.
Mahomes was ruled to have been in the grasp of the defender for a sack.
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The Chiefs were able to punt the ball away, and Patriots coach Bill Belichick was seen arguing with officials while his league-mandated mask and gaiter were lowered.
CBS Sports' Tracy Wolfson asked Belichick why he didn't challenge the play, and the coach replied, "because (Mahomes) was down," per the broadcast.
On the ensuing series, the Patriots reached the red zone but quarterback Brian Hoyer was sacked by Frank Clark to end the half.
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