NFL: Twitter couldn’t believe OPI penalty against Courtland Sutton

The Denver Broncos were leading the Kansas City Chiefs 17-13 in the third quarter of Sunday’s game when quarterback Russell Wilson connected on a 44-yard pass to wide receiver Courtland Sutton, setting Denver up in KC territory.

The impressive catch was negated by a highly questionable offensive pass interference penalty, and that call was a turning point in the game.

After that call, the Broncos were forced to punt and the Chiefs later scored to take a 20-17 lead. KC later got the ball back and scored again to make it 27-17. Denver rallied back and made it close at the end but the Broncos weren’t able to complete a comeback in an eventual 27-24 loss.

Here’s a sampling of how Twitter reacted to the penalty.

The Broncos were up 17-13 when this happened, driving with the chance to score again. After this and a Russell Wilson interception, now down 27-17. https://t.co/l3svLcxPop

— Jon Heath (@ByJonHeath) January 1, 2023

Holy crap. I rarely complain about officiating because it usually all evens out. But that OPI call on Courtland Sutton was so bad. So soft. Messes with the fabric of the game.

— Zach Bye (@byesline) January 1, 2023

Courtland Sutton makes an incredible catch and gets called for offensive pass interference.

What an awful call.

— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) January 1, 2023

Courtland Sutton goes up and GETS it.

Just a TERRIBLE call

That was an incredibly soft PI call against Courtland Sutton. Woof.

— Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) January 1, 2023

That’s a great catch by Courtland Sutton. That’s a terrible, terrible, terrible call. #Broncos

— James Merilatt (@jamesmerilatt) January 1, 2023

Jerry Jeudy on the OPI call on Courtland Sutton: “That ain’t no pass interference… How can it be pass interference with two guys on him?” #Broncos

— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) January 1, 2023

Ese pase a Courtland Sutton estuvo increíble! Por más que haya sido eliminado por un penalty…

— Sofía Ramírez (@Sofia_RamirezG) January 1, 2023

After the game, interim head coach Jerry Rosburg said he didn’t want to be fined [for criticizing officials], so he limited his remarks to saying it was “highly unfortunate.”

Interim HC Jerry Rosburg on the offensive pass interference call on Courtland Sutton:

“Highly unfortunate.”

Said he was choosing his words carefully about the officiating.

— Aric DiLalla (@AricDiLalla) January 1, 2023

Sutton and his teammates will aim to bounce back when they host the Los Angeles Chargers in their season finale next week.

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