Are you wondering what really happened at the end of last night’s game between the Giants and Redskins? You’re not alone. The officiating crew simply screwed up, leaving the Redskins, the Giants, the fans and the viewing audience scratching their heads.
The series in question….
1-10-WAS 36 (2:10) (Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short left to P.Garcon to WAS 41 for 5 yards.
2-5-WAS 41 (2:00) (Shotgun) R.Griffin pass short middle to P.Garcon to WAS 45 for 4 yards.
It is here one official tells the Redskins bench that it’s a first down. They call their next play based on that information.
3-1-WAS 45 (1:37) (No Huddle, Shotgun) R.Griffin pass incomplete deep middle to F.Davis.
4-1-WAS 45 (1:29) R.Griffin pass short right to P.Garcon to NYG 49 for 6 yards. FUMBLES, RECOVERED by NYG-W.Hill at NYG 49. W.Hill to WAS 43 for 8 yards.
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said this after the game…
The NFL has issued a statement noting the error by the officials.
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 at Washington.
A 4-yard completion to the Redskins’ 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.
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.”