Alex Kemp was the Referee. And if you want to litigate the 2019 Chiefs game with Blakeman you would be remiss not to mention this terrible roughing the passer:
Alright let's talk about the catch. The NFL has tried to make this a checkbox process in order to make it as objective as possible. I see people posting the 2018 rule change, but not a lot of understanding of what the change is. They basically made the catch rule match the rule the NCAA has had for a long time. To have a catch, you need three elements in order
1) Firm control of the ball
2) Two feet or any non-hand body part on the ground
3a) Survive the ground
3b) Make a "football move", such as reaching the ball across the goal-line, warding off an opponent, etc.
The "3b" is the 2018 change. Previously, if a player was going to the ground, it didn't matter what else they were doing because they only needed to survive the ground. Now, the Dez Bryant play is a catch because he was reaching the ball across the line.
The Kelce play is a catch as soon as he tries to reach the ball across the goal-line, because he's checked all three boxes.
Now the HH play:
He jumps and controls the ball. That's part 1 satisfied. He lands on the ground with one foot and turns and reaches the ball across the goal-line. But, crucially
, part 2 has not yet been checked off because there are not two feet on the ground, and the three-part process must be done in order
. HH doesn't satisfy part two until his elbow contacts the ground in the endzone, after which point he clearly doesn't have any time to make a football play.
So we are back to surviving the ground to check the third box. I'll just paste the relevant rule here:
So did HH lose control? Yes.
Did the ball make contact with the ground (hand under it isn't material)? Yes.