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Corey Davis’s killer penalty was not shown to New York Jets fans who watched from home

During the fourth quarter of the New York Jets‘ eventual 27-12 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, the CBS broadcast underwent some technical issues that caused television viewers to miss a handful of plays from the tail end of a pivotal Jets offensive drive.

The Jets were trailing by 15 points and started a drive at their own 36-yard line with 14:00 remaining in the game. At this point, they were very much alive.

New York drove down to Cincinnati’s 28-yard line before the broadcast cut out. Viewers then missed a 10-yard completion to Elijah Moore, a 4-yard run by Michael Carter, and an incomplete pass intended for Corey Davis.

The incompletion to Davis had the Jets facing a third-and-6 situation at Cincinnati’s 14-yard line. Considering the Jets were in obvious four-down territory, it was a decent position for the offense to be in.

However, after the play, Davis was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that cost the Jets 15 yards and put them into a dreadful third-and-21 situation – which they failed to get out of. Garrett Wilson got the yardage back with a 15-yard grab on third-and-21 but the Jets allowed a strip-sack on fourth down.

The broadcast returned ahead of the Jets’ third-and-21 play, but viewers never got to see the penalty that put the Jets in that situation. Only fans in attendance knew what happened.

Now, the whole world can know. Was it a soft call or an inexcusable folly by Davis?

I would argue it’s the latter. See for yourself:

Bengals cornerback Eli Apple appeared to get in Davis’s face. Whatever Apple said clearly got under Davis’s skin, as Davis responded by grabbing Apple’s facemask with both hands and yanking his head. A flag was quickly thrown by the nearby referee.

You can’t have your veteran leaders making mistakes like that.

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