Referee Admits Mistake Led To Confusion At End Of Giants-Redskins Game
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LANDOVER, Md. (CBSDC/AP) — Referee Jeff Triplette says the down marker was moved incorrectly on the Washington Redskins’ last possession of a 24-17 loss to the New York Giants.
Speaking to a pool reporter after Monday night’s game, Triplette says play was not halted to correct the down marker because it happened in the last two minutes and the Redskins — who were out of timeouts — would have been given “an unfair advantage.”
On a second-and-5 play, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III completed a pass to Pierre Garcon. The play gained 4 yards, making it third-and-1, but the down marker was shifted, indicating there was a first down. Washington coach Mike Shanahan says he asked an official for a measurement and was told it was first down.
“I can’t respond to that,” Triplette said of Shanahan’s claim. “I don’t know what happened. I just know that we signaled third down on the play at the sideline.”
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