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Vikings’ Justin Jefferson fumbles in end zone for touchback as NFL rule angers fans

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Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson made a heck of a catch in the second quarter Thursday night in their game against the Philadelphia Eagles, but his fumble cost his team the ball.

Kirk Cousins ​​threw a great pass to Jefferson. The wide receiver recovered the ball and attempted to make an extra move to get into the end zone. As he attempted to reach over the pylon, Jefferson lost the ball. The ball rolled into the end zone and sideways, resulting in a touchback.

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Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings loses the ball over the pylon for a touchback while defended by Terrell Edmunds #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 14, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Touching Justin Jefferson

Justin Jefferson #18 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball over the pylon for a touchback while defended by Terrell Edmunds #26 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the second quarter at Lincoln Financial Field on September 14, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The NFL’s touchback rule on plays like Jefferson’s has always been a source of consternation among fans and it has once again become an issue on social media. Spectators of the match expressed their opinions.

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“Here’s the stupidest rule in football. The end zone touchback fumble,” Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

“Incredible body control and capture by Justin Jefferson!” » NFL veteran Darius Butler wrote. “It would REALLY stink to Vikings and Anytime TD bettors if it’s called a Touchback. But it sure looks like it.”

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“Looks like a touchback on Justin Jefferson’s fumble,” NFL reporter Cameron Wolfe wrote. “It’s the worst rule in football. But the right call is touchback.”

Former NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz agreed with an X user’s point of view. Butler also agreed.

“The rule is good, don’t do stupid things around the end zone,” wrote Eric Eager, vice president of Sumer Sports.

Jefferson finished the half with five catches for 57 yards. TJ Hockenson scored a touchdown from Cousins. He had four catches for 47 yards.

TJ Hockenson and Justin Jefferson celebrate

TJ Hockenson #87 of the Minnesota Vikings celebrates with Justin Jefferson #18 after scoring a touchdown during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on September 14, 2023 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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The Eagles were able to come away with a 61-yard field goal from Jake Elliott at halftime and maintain a 13-7 lead.



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