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. Ā Give up the safety and avoid injury.