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CJ McCollum calls for change after refs miss targeting call on Browns fumble touchback

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The touchback rule is one of the most controversial rules in all of sports.

As Cleveland Browns fans found out on Sunday as their Browns played the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Round, some things in life just aren’t fair.

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Just moments before halftime, the Browns were inches away from scoring when Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen caused Cleveland wide receiver Tee Higgins to fumble the ball out of the end zone for a touchback.

Touchdown denied.

Browns superfan CJ McCollum watched the whole thing go down, and honestly, we feel his pain. 

While NFL Twitter is certainly divided on the touchback rule, many were disturbed by the league's blatant no call on targeting. The NFL’s rules on targeting are much looser than the NCAA’s, making only the fumble, not the targeting hit, reviewable by the league’s officiating booth.  


The Trail Blazers shooting guard hopes that will soon change.

The Browns now trail 19-3 at halftime.

If Cleveland can turn things around in the second half, it would reach the championship game for the first time since the 1989 season.

With a Chiefs victory, Kansas City would become the first AFC team to host three-straight championship games. The only other team to accomplish this feat were the Philadelphia Eagles from 2002-04, who were then coached by Chiefs head coach Andy Reid.