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Series of questionable calls hurts Bills before halftime vs. Seahawks (video)

The final three seconds of the first half in Monday night's Bills-Seahawks game were among the strangest you'll ever see. The end result was three fewer points for the Bills and an admission from the NFL's senior vice president of officiating that the refs made a mistake.

As the Bills were lining up for a last-second field goal, Richard Sherman went offside and dove at Dan Carpenter's knees to block the kick. He was flagged 5 yards for being offside but was not given a personal foul.

Because a trainer came out to check on Carpenter after the hit, he had to leave the game for one play. The Bills spiked the ball to count as the play Carpenter would miss, but referees were late resetting the ball after Carpenter got back on the field, which resulted in a delay of game penalty being assessed after Carpenter had hit the kick. With the kick moved back to a 54-yard attempt, Carpenter missed wide right, keeping the score 28-17 Seahawks at halftime.

Here's the video from the several ups and downs of the final minute:

Dean Blandino, the NFL's senior VP of officiating, tweeted this during halftime:

Mike Pereira, who previously held Blandino's job and is now a rules analyst for Fox Sports, was just as confused.

[Sherman defends hit on Carpenter: "He should've not kicked it"]

UPDATE: Here's what referee Walt Anderson told a pool reporter after the game, via Seahawks reporter Curtis Crabtree. He said not resetting the play clock was "probably a mistake on my part."

Other reaction from around the NFL:

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