Taylor told reporters after the game the ruling was a "horrible call." Bills coach Sean McDermott said, "I saw it as a touchdown. And other than that, all I can say right now is, I am at a loss for how a play like that can get overturned."
As players entered the locker room after Sunday's game, Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes said in the direction of ESPN cameras, "Somebody in Boston got the refs on the payroll. Y'all paying them big money out here. Still ain't gonna win (the game), though."
Hughes later said in the locker room he took issue with the Benjamin ruling as well as a third-quarter Patriots run on fourth-and-1 that was initially stopped for no gain. New England challenged the call and was awarded the first down.
"Just those couple of calls," he told ESPN. "I'm pretty sure everyone saw it. And just to hear about it now, everyone on TV thought it was a touchdown. Of course, from our point of view, we see it that way. Then the fourth-down stop, I just don't really see how those could get reversed. But it happens, it's sports. You're going to get some calls, sometimes you're not. You just got to be a lot stronger mentally so we can answer those calls."
Benjamin told ESPN's Sal Paolantonio that some Bills players on the sideline said, "Only the Patriots could get a call like that," after Benjamin's touchdown was overturned.
Bills running back LeSean McCoy also questioned why the Patriots had the ruling fall their way.
Das sind mal nur die Stimmen aus Buffalo zu den Refs. Die sind nicht neutral und definitiv emotional beeinflusst, aber im Endeffekt gibt das exakt wieder, was alle NFL-Fans, die nicht blinde Pats-Fans sind, denken und sagen (bzw. in den sozialen Medien schreiben). Die Calls der beiden letzten Wochen sind ein Witz. Und wenn ich sehe, wie Gronk wieder einen Pass Interference Call bekommt, der gegeben werden kann aber nicht muss, fragt man sich doch schon, ob die NFL da nicht Posterboy Brady mit aller Macht aus finanziellen Gründen in den Superbowl bringen will. Ich hoffe, dass der Aufschrei und die Kritik nun mal zündet und die Partien fair gecallt werden.