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NFL fans skewer refs for missed penalty after tackle on Bills’ Josh Allen

Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen fought so well against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday that fans watching the game wondered if the referees had missed a blatant penalty during the game.

Allen stepped down to pass to second base and goal from the Eagles’ 3-yard line. Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick gave chase and dragged Allen to the ground. Replays showed Redick appeared to take Allen down from the back of his jersey. He also tore the front of Allen’s jersey.

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Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills speaks with officials during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on November 26, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)

Instead of issuing a horse collar penalty, officials penalized Allen for intentional grounding because his last-ditch pass attempt did not reach the line of scrimmage.

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Fans had hoped Reddick would have been awarded a penalty instead.

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“The Bills were penalized when Josh Allen was collared on a horse,” NFL analyst Warren Sharpe wrote on X (formerly Twitter). “that’s right.”

“The referee is standing right there…and he doesn’t call a horse collar on Josh Allen?? Come on, son,” SiriusXM radio host Ashley Nicole Moss wrote.

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Josh Allen of the Buffalo Bills watches the first half of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia on November 26, 2023. (Mitchell Lev/Getty Images)

“If you can’t call a horse collar penalty right in front of an All-Pro QB who ripped Josh Allen’s jersey, you either have money in the game or you’re incompetent. That referee said yesterday… Fire him!” author Luke Russert added.

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Bills kicker Tyler Bass missed a field goal attempt to end the drive. Fortunately, the Bills got the ball back three plays later on an Eagles fumble.

Allen was 19-of-32 for 209 passing yards, one passing touchdown, and one rushing touchdown. His touchdown pass went to Stefon Diggs. The wide receiver had five catches for 60 yards.

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Buffalo Bills No. 17 Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs celebrate after Diggs catches a touchdown pass during the second quarter of a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 26, 2023 in Philadelphia. (Mitchell Lev/Getty Images)

Allen has rushing and passing touchdowns in 33 career games, according to the team.

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Buffalo led 17-7 at halftime.

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