2. Another terrible pass interference call on Mike Evans
This particular call went against Bashaud Breeland — for 34 yards.
If the call on Mathieu was the straw that broke the camel’s back, this one was the premier setup. Sure, we can blame Andy Reid’s clock management here, but why would you not challenge the Bucs to get a first down when you have a chance to get the ball back and tack on another field goal before the half? It certainly wasn’t a maniacal idea.
But when you challenge Brady, this is what you get. After securing the first down on third and two, Brady and the Bucs decided to unload down the field. It was another one to Evans, and some might argue AGAIN that it was uncatchable, but the Bucs benefitted big time when Chiefs cornerback Bashaud Breeland was flagged for pass interference.
However, upon further review (and as everyone was able to see in real time), it shouldn’t have been a penalty that gifted the Bucs 34 yards and put them deep into Chiefs territory.
That’s the definition of incidental contact. Breeland didn’t lay a hand on Evans. Their feet got tangled and they both fell. And this was further confirmed by a former NFL referee who called seven conference championship games and three Super Bowls. Do you need any more proof that this was the wrong call?
The Bucs found the end zone 24 yards later following the other bogus call on Mathieu, which gave them an advantageous cushion.