The Cincinnati Bengals opened the second half of the LVI Super Cup with a lightning strike.
Initially, the NBC broadcast crew said Rheinback Rams Jalen Ramsy had slipped, allowing Higgins to kill the touchdown.
But repetition showed Ramsey did not slip.
A couple of analysts on the rules of the network said that the representatives of the Super Cup missed a rather obvious challenge. Here’s what Gene Sterator of CBS Sports wrote on Twitter: “On the long TD to start the 3rd quarter, Lee Higgins had to be marked for a face mask and / or obstacle pass.”
Fox Sports analyst Mike Pereira wrote: “Not a good start to the second half. Tightening the mask should have been an obstacle or a penalty for the mask. “
Later, Chris Collinsworth of NBC Sports called this touchdown “the most controversial game of the night.”
This story was originally published Feb. 13, 2022, 6:25 p.m.