“So Bogus”: Furious Travis Kelce Blasts Referees as Brad Allen Faces Outrage on Bad Officiating

Published 01/03/2024, 11:26 AM EST

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The high-stakes Detroit Lions vs Dallas Cowboys ended in controversy when a play that could have won the game for the Lions ended up being negated by the referees. Travis Kelce, who’s had a taste of a similar incident before, lambasted the referees for making the call. In the game against the Buffalo Bills, a touchdown that could have won the game for the Kansas City Chiefs ended up being negated by the referees.

The two brothers also sympathized with the Lions’ fanbase because that call cost them the entire game. So, what did Kelce say about the game and what actually went down during the game?

Travis Kelce fumes at referee’s call


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On the latest episode of the New Heights podcast, Jason Kelce asked his brother what his thoughts were regarding the call by Brad Allen. “So bogus! So bogus!” he replied. Jason Kelce went on to explain what really went down, and how he agreed that Dan Skipper had not made the proper indication to the referee reporting to him that he was an eligible receiver.


Both agreed that it was a “very odd end of the game”. Travis Kelce said, “Hate to see it when a big call like that is such a defining factor in a game.” Following the fallout of the referee’s call, the NFL was compelled to issue a video memo to all the 32 teams of the NFL explaining to them why the call was right and how it was the “player’s responsibility” to report to the referee his eligibility.

So, how did the entire controversy occur?

Brad Allen makes a controversial call against the Lions

After falling behind 20–13, the Lions drove 75 yards in 1:18 thanks to an 11–yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jared Goff to wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown. The Lions were called for illegal touching after appearing to take the lead on a two-point conversion pass from quarterback Jared Goff to offensive lineman Taylor Decker. The points were removed from the scoreboard after it was determined that Decker had not reported as an eligible receiver prior to the play.


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Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons drew an offsides penalty on Detroit’s subsequent play, negating an interception. Goff’s pass to James Mitchell was incomplete on the third attempt at two points, and Dallas wide receiver CeeDee Lamb recovered the ensuing onside kick to seal the victory.

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During the news conference following the game, Lions coach Dan Campbell stated that the officials informed him that Decker was not eligible for the successful two-point conversion that was called back due to a penalty because two players were unable to report as eligible. Can the Lions recover from this heartbreaking loss?

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Jakso James


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