Posted January 12, 2014

Patriots punter Ryan Allen surrenders a safety after errant snap

AFC East, AFC South, Indianapolis Colts, New England Patriots
Ryan Allen displayed some questionable decision-making following a botched snap.

Ryan Allen (center) displayed some questionable decision-making following a botched snap. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Leave it to the increasingly wild NFL playoffs to turn an innocent midfield punt into a wild safety.

Patriots punter Ryan Allen wound up in a panicked scramble after a snap sailed over his head from the New England 44-yard line. Allen managed to chase the fumble down at his own three, just as a trio of Colts’ special teamers arrived. Rather than boot the ball out of the end zone for a safety, Allen turned back into the field of play and tried to throw a short pass to teammate Tavon Wilson.

The decision could have been a catastrophic mistake for the Patriots, except that the ball was knocked from Allen’s hand and swatted out of the end zone for a safety. New England then intercepted Andrew Luck after the resulting free kick, thereby limiting the damage.

Allen apparently suffered a shoulder injury on the play, and the Patriots ruled him questionable to return.

3 comments
ralphchapman313
ralphchapman313

If he tried to pass the ball and there was an eligible receiver there (there was, #27), why wasn't it an incomplete pass? Ball goes over on downs to the Colts, but up around midfield. It didn't affect the outcome, but I still don't understand the call.

marcusb2323
marcusb2323

He should have just kicked it out of the back of endzone instead of picking it up.  Give up the safety and avoid injury.