Commanders dispute calls and missed opportunities in loss to Giants
A with playoff implications controversy Washington Commanders disputed one penalty that a and argued for a interference on a fourth-down throw into zone minute of a 20-12 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday . The Giants (8-5-1) a commanding lead for the sixth playoff spot, Washington (7-6-1) seventh and spot now facesa to clinch a berth with a half-game lead over the Seattle Seahawks and Detroit Lions. The Commanders upset with an formation penalty on receiver Terry McLaurin that nullified a 1-yard Brian Robinson run with 1:03 remaining.
Two “ ask me refereeing,” Washington coach Ron Rivera in his postgame . “ the .”later, Washington wideout Curtis Samuel was interfered with on a fourth-down throw zone. No was made.
Washingtonwas upset with an offensive interference penalty that a 2-point conversion third quarter. sequence stood out Washington was out of .
McLaurin was upset On the replay, the official on that motioned to McLaurin that he up. McLaurin scooted up.he he line up than he had at .
“McLaurin seen giving a thumbs-up to the official. He he heard the official say he was OK. he he it the .moved up, I checked to see if good, and he good,” McLaurin . “ not to get fined. We had ; for it down like .”
“I myself on ,” McLaurin . “With on , make a mistake your . I good, and I felt . I take , and , ‘s . your helmet is leaning over, offsides.”
Referee John Husseyhe see any between McLaurin and the official the snap.
“Whatand what has been confirmed is that the ball was snapped half-yard line, and he was lined up a yard 1½-yard line,” Hussey a pool reporter. “ be deemed , he the beltline, the waist of , and he was not breaking the waistline of . why the penalty was , he was not in a formation.”
Two Heinicke , “Oh yeah,” when if he thought interference have been .later, on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line, quarterback Taylor Heinicke scrambled then lofted a to Samuel zone. Darnay Holmes was behind Samuel.
“The dude has his armhis neck,” Heinicke , that the Commanders blame for the loss.
“As Hussey it, “ interference is a judgment . To the , it rise to what they felt was a restriction, thus they it.”that,” Samuel added. “All I can do is make the play when the ball is air. not a ref; ain’t nothing I can do about that.”
The Giants had “It was play,” Giants coach Brian Daboll calmly. “ play.”perspective on what amounted to the game-ending play. It allowed them the contest with a win and put their odds on making the postseason at 90%.
Holmes was noncommittal on if it was interference. He had already been “I even watch the play . I know the ball was up. see I watch , hey, the refs have eyes,” Holmes . “ what . We with their . There are some I they , and there are some I knew I did , it.for a holding earlier , and he leads the Giants after having been flagged eight already this season.
“of the day, refs make the calls, and we rock with it.”
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