People ballistic over Jones’ incomplete catch

The NFL’s new catch rule wording (scroll all the way down to read the phrasing) was supposed to make sure controversial decisions were put to rest.

Just one game into 2018, there was another controversial decision.

Julio Jones made this stunning third-quarter catch ruled incomplete on the field that was officially a catch thanks to replay confirming it:

Julio Jones bobbling catch pic.twitter.com/RRwUtcuHK9

Did Jones have possession before going out of bounds?

Atlanta is challenging the call of incomplete pass. pic.twitter.com/c42KFZNm6I

When the call was confirmed, this was the reaction:

I can not believe they blew the catch rule on Julio Jones. That was a catch. Apparently this isn’t fixed. Sad.

#ATLvsPHI Ref: “After review, Julio Jones did not have 3 feet inbounds and 3 hands on the ball, therefore the ruling is no catch.”

Good to see in 2018 the NFL has cleared up what is a catch and what is not a catch. Because Julio Jones clearly caught that ball.

HOW IS THIS NOT A CATCH?!?!? ???https://t.co/a3YzYQiA6f

The @NFL still doesn’t know what a catch is!! That was a catch by @juliojones_11 , especially with the new rule!! #TNF#ATLvsPHI ????? pic.twitter.com/6Rl4ncOYSs

I don’t care what the officials say. Julio Jones is a BEAST.

Also, that’s a catch.

(I have no idea how the Julio Jones play wasn’t ruled a catch. I’m sorry.)

HE SECURES THE BALL, IT'S NOT MOVING AND HE'S HOLDING IT WITH HIS HANDS WHILE SITTING COMPLETELY IN BOUNDS WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE? pic.twitter.com/ToQjI6iV9h

It’s 2018.

… And we still don’t know what a catch is. pic.twitter.com/h3iStbPCUs

By the way, here’s the phrasing from USA TODAY Sports back in March:

Under the new language, establishing a catch would require control, two feet (or another body part) in bounds and a football move. The “surviving the ground” element, which proved to be a sticking point on some of the league’s most notable rulings, no longer applies.

It’s going to be another year of this controversy, isn’t it?

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