A controversial play just before halftime of Monday's game between the Buffalo Bills and Seattle Seahawks resulted in Bills kicker Dan Carpenter taking a shot from Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman.
Kaela Carpenter, Dan's wife, had strong words for Seattle's All-Pro defensive back, to which Sherman replied:
Carpenter's wife would later delete the tweet and offer an apology on Wednesday:
Sherman called it a "BS apology" and said he wasn't surprised by her initial comments, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com.
The Bills provided clarification of the unnecessary roughness rule:
On the play in question, Sherman was offside while trying to block Carpenter's field-goal attempt and barreled into the kicker's knees:
Sherman also showed a still shot of the play on Instagram in reply to Carpenter's wife:
No penalty was called for unnecessary roughness, and after the officials called the Bills for delay of game despite their failure to reset the play clock, Carpenter missed a 54-yard attempt to end the half.
"That guy [Carpenter], he hams it up a little bit too, which made it bad," Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said, per Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com. "But he was able to play that same play, fortunately."
Sherman's hit on Carpenter also prompted medical personnel to check on him, forcing Carpenter out of the game for one play. The Bills were able to spike the ball with three seconds remaining and get him back for the attempt, but NFL Senior Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino explained that the officials botched the ruling:
Also, according to ESPN.com's Mike Rodak, referee Walt Anderson admitted officials should have added time to the play clock for the ensuing play: "If there was that little time left, then that's probably a mistake on my part in not pumping the play clock back up. But I was not aware that it was that far into the play clock."
After Sherman recorded an interception in the second half, the cornerback appeared to have words with the Bills sideline, which may have prompted the response from Carpenter's wife.
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He's mean mugging like he's doing and whatever. The guy's a great player. I guess it wasn't as bad as I thought. I thought he roughed our kicker. It was a ridiculous play, no question. Then he's over on the sideline, taunting us. So I had some words. I think I said, 'You're too good of a player to act like an ass.' I think that's what I said.
The Bills went on to lose 31-25 after Seattle stopped them in the red zone in the closing seconds of the game.
Although it's difficult to say how a made field goal at the end of the first half would have changed the complexion of the contest, it could have allowed Buffalo to kick a field goal late and force overtime. In addition to that, the officials' decision not to call a personal foul on Sherman seemingly flew in the face of the NFL's attempts to protect its players.
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