NEW YORK (CBSDC/AP) — The NFL says Sunday night’s officiating crew should have stopped play and eliminated confusion about the down and distance at the end of the New York Giants’ 24-17 victory over the Washington Redskins.
A 4-yard completion to the Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon was spotted short of a first down. Referee Jeff Triplette signaled third down. But the head linesman, with Washington in a hurry-up offense, incorrectly motioned for the crew to advance the chains, which caused the down boxes to read first down.
Redskins head coach Mike said he was disappointed and the botched officiating impacted the team’s play calling.
“I (told the official) I wanted a measurement. He said, ‘You don’t have to, it’s a first down.’ I saw it was a first down on the other side, and he signaled to move the chains on our side,” Shanahan recalled. “I asked him if it was fourth down. He said he already told me it was a first down and I wanted a measurement… It was inches, and he said, ‘No, it’s a first down.’ He moved the chains. Then, after I saw it was fourth down, I asked him, ‘You already told me it was first down.’ That was quite disappointing.”
League officiating director Dean Blandino said Monday in a statement that “in this situation where there is obvious confusion as to the status of the down, play should have been stopped prior to third down and the correct down communicated to both clubs. This should have occurred regardless of the fact that Washington had no timeouts and it was inside two minutes.”
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