Browns wide receiver Rashard Higgins (left) tries to push the ball over the goal against Chiefs free safety Daniel Sorensen Sunday in Kansas City. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Browns victims of 'worst rule in football' in unlucky first half vs. Chiefs

Just as the Cleveland Browns were about to make it a football game on Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs, they were hit by the "worst rule in football." 

Right before halftime, Rashard Higgins caught a pass from Baker Mayfield, raced toward the pylon, stretched out for a touchdown and fumbled just before getting into the end zone. The ball rolled into the end zone and went out of bounds for a touchback, giving the Chiefs the ball at the 20-yard line. 

What made the call even worse was that Chiefs safety Daniel Sorensen initiated contact with his helmet and should've been called for a penalty, but the officials missed it. The penalty isn't reviewable. 

If the touchback rule didn't exist or if the Chiefs were penalized, the Browns would've likely cut Kansas City's lead 16-10. Instead, the Chiefs entered halftime up 19-3 thanks to a field goal by Harrison Butker

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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