Patriots fans weren’t happy with the refs calling this play running into the kicker instead of roughing the kicker. They have a point.
ESPN’s Kevin Seifert broke down the rule:
NFL rule book: “Roughing the kicker if a defensive player contacts the plant leg of the kicker while his kicking leg is still in the air.” — Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) February 1, 2015
This is one of those plays you will look back on and say it had an effect on the game if the Patriots lose.