Mac Jones’ interception appeared to deflect off ESPN SkyCam wire


Morning Sports Update

Jaquan Brisker intercepts Mac Jones during the Bears win over the Patriots. Replays later appeared to show that Jones’ throw deflected slightly off an ESPN SkyCam wire. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Staff

The Bruins defeated the Stars 3-1 on Tuesday. Boston will be back on Thursday (7 pm) to play the Red Wings at TD Garden.

The Celtics are off until a Friday matchup at home against the Cavaliers at 7:30 pm

An interception with a (slight) SkyCam assist: As it turns out, there was more to one of the key plays from the Patriots’ 33-14 loss to the Bears on Monday night than initially appeared to be the case.

Mac Jones, returning from an ankle injury to make the start against Chicago, threw proved what to be a night-ending interception in the second quarter. Jones was pulled from the game after the turnover in favor of backup Bailey Zappe.

But upon further review, it appeared that Jones’ throw on the interception was subtly deflected by a wire for the ESPN SkyCam.

the moment was initially pointed out by a Buffalo Bills fan on Twitterwith Pro Football Focus’ Doug Kyed also sharing video of what seemed to be the ball striking the wire.

Exactly how much the trajectory of the football would’ve changed without hitting the wire — and whether it would’ve still been intercepted — is impossible to fully know.

Yet had officials noticed, it would’ve been a simple ruling, negating the interception.

“If a loose ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot,” notes the NFL rulebook on the subject.

The fact that the play ended in a turnover meant that Bill Belichick couldn’t simply challenge the ruling either (as scores and turnovers are automatically reviewed).

Instead, the Onus was on the replay official to call for a booth review.

“If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Official is empowered to initiate a booth review, even if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning,” says the rulebook. “If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Official, a coach’s challenge is permitted under the established rules for such a challenge.”

Given the almost imperceptible contact that the football appeared to make with the wire, the incident was missed during the actual game.

Update: ESPN issued a statement on the matter, denying that the football hit the SkyCam wire.

“This pass from Mac Jones did not hit ESPN’s SkyCam wiring. This video creates a false impression, but in reality the SkyCam wire was more than 15 feet above the ball and our SkyCam system followed all NFL protocols.”

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(Answer at the bottom.)

Hint: He was a member of the most recent Red Sox World Series winner.

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