After a controversial call on Matthew Slater during Sunday’s Patriots-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, former New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman chastised the officials.
Given that it is NFL Sunday, the on-field officials are likely to make a questionable decision. That looked to be the case during the New England Patriots’ game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in primetime.
With a 7-6 advantage in the third quarter, the Patriots punted the ball to the Buccaneers. Matthew Slater of the New England Patriots forced a fumble on returner Jaydon Mickens, which the Patriots recovered. Slater, on the other hand, was penalized for running out of bounds and back onto the field of play. However, as NFL Network’s Mike Giardi points out in the tweet below, the replay appeared to show Slater was pushed out of bounds.
Matthew Slater whistled for unsportsmanlike conduct for running out of bounds and coming back on the playing field. He was the one that forced the fumble from Mickens. The replay appeared to show Slater pushed out of bounds. Ref wasn’t buying that/didn’t see…#Patriots
— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) October 4, 2021
Julian Edelman was not happy about questionable call on Matthew Slater
While Patriots supporters were dissatisfied with the decision, former Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman expressed similar sentiments. Edelman went on Instagram Live to express his disgust with the call.
The Patriots paid a high price for the penalty, as former quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers took advantage of it. Running back Ronald Jones ran into the touchdown zone on the eighth play of Tampa Bay’s drive, giving the Buccaneers a 13-7 lead. Slater was seen chatting to the referee about the call after the drive, according to NESN’s Zack Cox.
The Patriots, on the other hand, had a great drive, as rookie quarterback Mac Jones connected tight end Jonnu Smith in the end zone to retake the lead 14-13.
Whatever happens in this game, there will be plenty of Patriots supporters debating the call on Slater.