Penalty recap: Buffalo Bills at Kansas City Divisional Round won’t take long

Don’t fear penalty-data lovers, I’ll have season recaps coming quickly. That is solely the tip of the weekly recaps. By the way, there’s no Most Needed record at the tail finish this week, as that’s normally a part of the season wrap up. Don’t fear, I’ll talk about why the 2 flags offset fairly than utilizing the 5 vs. 15 rule on the punt play, however there’s not rather more than that.

Penalty Counts

Buf at KC Div Round Penalty Harm Counts

As is common, the playoffs have been that includes fewer flags than the common season. Each groups had 4 penalties referred to as, with the distinction being in assessed. There was the aforementioned offsetting flags. Kansas City additionally had two declined.

Penalty Yards

Buf at KC Div Round Penalty Harm Yards


The 2 groups have been fairly even right here as nicely. Buffalo had 5 extra yards assessed than Kansas City. In terms of true yards, Buffalo negated six to Kansas City’s 9. That largely closes the hole. Although with this few within the first place the whole is just about irrelevant, not to mention the hole.

Penalty Hurt

Kansas City Chiefs

Buf at KC Div Round Penalty Harm KC

I imply…. what am I speculated to do with this? Charvarius Ward was referred to as for defensive move interference on a 16-yard catch by Emmanuel Sanders. The Bills saved the catch on the books and declined the flag. Creed Humphrey was equally referred to as for an ineligible man downfield name that was declined on an incomplete move. The Bills elected to roll with 2nd & 10 fairly than 1st & 15. Personally I really like that call, particularly in opposition to a dynamic offense like KC’s.

Patrick Mahomes ran for 9 yards on third & 8 when Andrew Wylie was referred to as for offensive holding. Along with the ten assessed yards, it worn out the 9 from Mahomes and the primary down for 3.9 Hurt—which is their whole Hurt for the sport because it was the one assessed flag.


Now for the enjoyable one. Dorian O’Daniel was referred to as for a low block on a punt. This offset with a flag on Taiwan Jones for operating out of bounds. Followers (myself included) puzzled why this wasn’t enforced utilizing the “5 vs. 15” rule. Below that rule, the five-yard flag on Group A is dismissed whereas the 15 yard flag on Group B is enforced. I won’t dive into the specifics of what may have been, however the concept is that will have benefited Buffalo.

I used to be requested fairly rapidly by a number of individuals why the flags offset and… I had nothing. The 5 vs. 15 isn’t used as is, so the nuances aren’t one thing I’ve memorized. After trying it up, right here it’s: 5 vs. 15 enforcement doesn’t apply on downs the place there’s a change of possession. Like a punt. I used to be additionally requested why KC was in a position to replay the punt. On double fouls with a change of possession (what we had) this is without doubt one of the subclauses: “If Group A fouls throughout a kickoff, punt, security kick, fair-catch kick, or field-goal try previous to the change of possession, Group B might elect to replay the down at the earlier spot.” In different phrases, as a result of Taiwan Jones ran out of bounds earlier than the returner, it activated this a part of the rule.

Buffalo Bills

Buf at KC Div Round Penalty Harm Buf

We’ve already coated the flag on Taiwan Jones and by now you most likely know rule 1 on false begins: You don’t speak about false begins. That leaves us with two defensive holding calls.


The one on Dane Jackson was fairly nicely proven and really unpopular. Whereas Jackson was positively grabbing jersey, it didn’t look to affect the route very a lot. I’m not making a GIF of that as a result of I agree with the final response dwell. This one was ticky-tack and swung 4 factors towards Kansas City. On third down, the Bills sacked Patrick Mahomes for six yards. That’s 5 yards assessed, plus six negated, plus two downs given up for 3.1 Hurt.

Levi Wallace’s occurred on first down and was yards solely, and I didn’t see anybody all too involved with it. However it doesn’t really feel proper not having any GIFs, so let’s see the motion that brought on Wallace to attract a flag.


Yep. That’ll do it.

The Bills ended the day with 4.1 Hurt whole, which is mainly a draw with Kansas City. In a sport this shut, just about every thing was shut.

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