JUSTIN Jefferson proved he is human after missing a potential touchdown on Thursday Night Football – but fans were livid.
The 24-year-old Minnesota Vikings superstar fumbled in the end zone during the second quarter of Thursday’s showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jefferson appeared to have caught a 40-yard touchdown on a 2nd-and-10 pass from Kirk Cousins while the Vikings trailed 10-7 in Philly.
The former LSU star collected the ball cleanly five meters from the end zone.
He dodged a tackle, jumped toward the pylon and seemed to have done enough for the score.
But under pressure he went out of bounds.
NFL rules dictate that if a player fumbles in the end zone and the ball goes out of bounds, it is considered a touchback and the ball changes hands.
Some fans expressed outrage at the decision, which was made after on-field review by officials.
One wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “This will always be the stupidest rule in football.”
Another said: “Anywhere else on the field if you fumble out of bounds it will be seen where the fumble happened, it should be the same way.”
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While a third raged: “I absolutely hate this rule.”
But a fourth replied: “Then don’t get butterfingers and fumble out of the end zone.”
And a fifth agreed: “Hang in there. Very easy.”
After getting the ball back, the Eagles extended their lead with a 61-yard field goal just before halftime.
Jefferson recorded his second straight game with a 100-yard reception to start the new season.
However, the fourth-year wideout couldn’t prevent the Vikings from falling to 0-2 after a 34-28 loss.
Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell said after the game, “Justin is just trying to make a play in that moment.”
“He tries to do everything he can to win. It was incredibly unfortunate at the time.”