Chiefs lose touchdown by failing to challenge circus catch by Tyreek Hill that was ruled incomplete

The Kansas City Chiefs appeared to leave points on the field Sunday night in their game against the division-rival Denver Broncos when coach Andy Reid failed to challenge a wild play involving wide receiver Tyreek Hill.

Tied 3-3 and facing third-and-10 at the Broncos' 40-yard line, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes uncorked a deep ball for the speedy Hill, who had a step on defender A.J. Bouye. But the All-Pro wide receiver couldn't reel in the pass as the ball popped up into the air and the pass was ruled incomplete as it appeared to fall next to Hill and Bouye.

That was the call on the field anyway. In actuality, the ball never hit the ground. When the ball came back down after initially getting popped up it landed on Hill's body, secured just enough by his left arm as he laid on the ground after getting taken down by Bouye.

Tyreek Hill with the touchdown that … wasn’t.

Because it was not ruled a touchdown, the play needed to be challenged by Reid to be reversed to a touchdown. Hill himself did not protest much about the incomplete call so it's possible he didn't even realize what had happened, and clearly Reid did not receive guidance from his staff to throw the challenge flag until it was too late – the Chiefs punted the ball back to Denver, losing their chance to challenge the play. 

Tyreek Hill appeared to make this catch for a touchdown, but the call on the field was incomplete and the Chiefs failed to challenge before punting the ball away. (Photo: Charlie Riedel, AP)

Naturally, the Broncos' ensuing possession turned into a touchdown that gave the visitors at Arrowhead Stadium a 10-3 lead. 

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