Friday, the NFL said a whistle stopped the Browns from recovering a fumble during their 45-42 overtime loss to the Raiders on Sunday.
The play that was in question happened with a little more than six minutes left in regulation when Oakland quarterback Derek Carr lost control of the ball after pass rushers Myles Garrett and Genard Avery hit him at his own 38-yard line. Garrett, who has already recovered one fumble this season, grabbed the ball and was headed to the end zone.
But referee Walt Anderson stopped Garrett in his tracks ruling a whistle had blown before the fumble citing Carr’s forward progress stopped the play. Anderson ruled it a sack and the Raiders punted on fourth down.
How is this NOT A FUMBLE for the @Browns?!? Took a TD off the board in a CLOSE game!! Awful. pic.twitter.com/JoaUfGRjwB
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 30, 2018
Al Riveron called out the mistake in a weekly video review that is released on Twitter.
Riveron, NFL senior vice president of officiating, said the officials prematurely killed the play.
“We ruled the passer stopped for forward progress and we kill the play,” he said. “This is not forward progress. Obviously, this is a fumble. We should not have blown the whistle.”
Take a look back at plays from last week: pic.twitter.com/jEmvL2ynt6
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) October 5, 2018
By league rule, Anderson’s call was not reviewable by instant replay.