Referee Ron Torbert Breaks Silence on Controversial Third Down in AFC Championship

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CINCINNATI — “NFL Rigged” became a massive trending topic on Twitter Sunday night time for a few inappropriate motives. 

Head respectable Ron Torbert completely lost manage of The AFC Championship Game in the second half.

There became a crazy re-do for the Chiefs on a third down, no-calls on past-due Joe Burrow hits, and more than one ignored holds at the very last offensive play of the sport. It became a large number and left a dark cloud over Arrowhead Stadium.

ESPN’s Ben Baby threw a few questions at Torbert to explain a number of the top-scratching moments.

Question: First, can you explain what the ruling brought about the replayed 1/3 down?

“On the preceding play, there has been an incomplete skip; we noticed the ball. However, the line decided to come in and re-spotted the ball because the spot became off. We reset the play clock, and the game clock started jogging. It needs to have no longer commenced going for walks due to the fact there has been an incomplete pass at the previous play. The area decided to notice that the game clock turned into strolling. He turned into coming in to close the play down so that we should get the clock fixed; however, no person heard him, and the play changed into a run. After the play changed into over, he came in, and we mentioned that he changed into seeking to shut the play down earlier than the ball had been snapped. So, we reset the sport clock lower back to where it turned earlier than that snap and replayed third down.”

Question: What are the standard protocols when a play cannot get stopped in time, and the space does get off, mainly if it seems that it did not affect the play?

“If we had been looking to shut down the play and couldn’t, we would close it down and pass returned and replay the down.”

Please walk us through the intentional grounding play within the fourth zone and what brought about the deliberate grounding being referred to in that scenario.

“The quarterback changed under duress, in the chance of being sacked, and threw the ball into the ground. There was no eligible receiver within the place, and he had no longer gotten out of the pocket and thrown it beyond the road of scrimmage. So, that becomes bad for intentional grounding.”