Officials make controversial call on opening drive of Super Bowl XLIX

Monday February 2nd, 2015

Super Bowl XLIX officials made a controversial call on the opening drive of the game, potentially ending the Patriots' first possession prematurely. 

On 4th-and-6 from New England's 35-yard-line, the Patriots punted after failing to convert a first down. A Seattle Seahawks player made contact with Patriots punter Ryan Allen, but referees called running into the kicker rather than roughing the kicker. 

If roughing would have been called, the Patriots would have received 15 yards and an automatic first down. Instead, they declined the five-yard penalty. 

The call prompted second-guessing from color analyst Cris Collinsworth on NBC's broadcast as well as criticism on Twitter, including from former NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira. 

- Stanley Kay

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