I'm pretty sure I didn't use clutch but if you want to read that into it, fine.
It's ignorant beyond belief to say the bad call had nothing to do with Tampa Bay winning the game.
It's equally ignorant to say the Bengals lost because of 1(now we're expanding 2) bad calls.
OF COURSE IT HAD AN IMPACT.
Every play has an impact. Every call and no-call has an impact. Some have more than others. But how many plays were there after the terrible(and it was a terrible call.)
Good teams react well to bad calls and make a play that makes the call moot.
Bad teams use the call as an excuse.
It doesn't happen every time but over the course of the season the better teams will win.
Just curious is this the only time a weak late hit call affects the game?
Hypothetical, Bengals Panthers this week. Say its 14-10 Panthers.
Say its 3 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Bengals have the ball on their own 10. Same weak call, the Bengals go on to march the remaining 75 yds score a touchdown, and win 31 to 28.
Can the Panthers blame the call for losing the game. After all it led to the Bengals scoring the go ahead touchdown, and one touchdown would have made a difference in the game obviously.
So if that doesn't count in "legitimate excuses as to why we lost," is their a grid, like the one coaches use for fourth quarter 2 point conversions?
Like a sliding scale of time left in game, vs points discrepancy in final score.
How can we tell?