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The reversal on a TD catch proves costly in the Patriots’ loss

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Hunter Henry was ruled on the field for a hard-fought goal-line win for what would have been a third-quarter touchdown to give the New England Patriots the lead late in the third quarter in Minnesota.

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After a lengthy replay review, the call was overturned to an incomplete pass. The Patriots had to be content with a field goal – and did not score again in the 33-26 loss to the Vikings.

“They called what they call it,” Henry said. “I think I picked it up, but they made a call. I just have to live with it.”

The officials, with referee Alex Kemp leading the pack, met with the NFL during the review. The design was such that the ball touched the ground and Henry lost control.

“As he goes to the ground, he has to maintain control of the ball as it makes contact with the ground,” NFL Vice President Walt Anderson told Pool Reporter. “The commonly used term is ‘surviving the ground’ – a lot of people refer to that. So, as he goes to the ground, he has the feet and control, but because he goes to the ground, he has to maintain control of the ball when he goes to the ground.”

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