Mike Pereira: Cousins’ Fumble was Incomplete Forward Pass

WASHINGTON — Mike Pereira is the NFL’s former head of officiating, who has parlayed his wealth of knowledge into a successful analyst career for FOX Sports. His takes are usually spot on and his opinion is usually a good indication of how a play under review will be called.

On Sunday, the Redskins trailed by five with two minutes remaining when a big hit on Cousins in the pocket yielded what looked like a fumble, scooped up by Eagles defensive lineman Fletcher Cox and run back for a game-ending touchdown:

But was it really?

Upon review, it was clear that Cousins had possessions of the ball as it was coming forward into a pass. The reason that the ball popped backward is that it hit a defender’s big mitts and bounced back.

Watching the play, this is what Pereira had to say:

And yet the call on the field stood. Here’s what Redskins head coach Jay Gruden told the media after the game:

At the end of the day, the Redskins turned the ball over four times, which is a recipe for disaster. Teams cannot be expected to overcome that type of play, and there’s no guarantee that the Redskins would have done so.

But it’s a shame to see the game decided on a play like this.

 

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