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Watch: The Phantom Penalty Call That May Have Cost the Rams the Game

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New England Patriots haters are going to have a field day with this one.

A holding call on the Los Angeles Rams’ John Sullivan nullified a big first-down run by running back Todd Gurley, killing a fourth-quarter drive and changing the complexion of Super Bowl LIII Sunday in Atlanta.

The Patriots went on to win 13-3.

The replay showed the Sullivan holding penalty was a very bad call.

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Many on social media criticized the call, including Rams fans who said it “changed everything.”

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Wait a minute.

Was it a terrible call? Absolutely.

Do you think that was a bad call?

Did the Rams still have three plays to rack up 20 yards and a first down? Absolutely.

Was this call the reason the Rams eventually gave up a touchdown, threw a pick and couldn’t stop the run down the stretch? Absolutely not.

Given the rather… controversial way that the Rams made it to the Super Bowl, their fans are really the last ones who have any right to complain about a bad call.

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Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics.
Bryan Chai has written news and sports for The Western Journal for more than two years and has produced more than 1,300 stories. He specializes in the NBA and NFL as well as politics. He graduated with a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona. He is an avid fan of sports, video games, politics and debate.
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