Welcome back, NFL catch rule.
You were missed.
Not really, of course. But isn't that the polite thing to say to even an unwelcome guest around the holidays?
Does it surprise anyone that the always-confounding issue of what is a legal catch in the NFL and what isn't might have pretty much determined the outcome of the tumultuous 2017 season?
The New England Patriots won a thrilling game with a wild finish, 27-24, Sunday in Pittsburgh. The Patriots now have the upper hand for a rematch in the AFC title game, if indeed there is one, to be played in Foxborough, Massachusetts. And the winner of that game would be a solid favorite in the Super Bowl.