NFl referees have once again stepped into the spotlight as some questionable 0fficiating in Sunday nights game between the New York Giants and the Washington Redskins may have directly affected the outcome of the game.
With the game tied 24-17 late in the fourth quarter, the Redskins were driving down the field trying to tie it up with 2 minutes left in the game.
On a play that should have been 3rd and 1 after a four yard completion, the line judge signaled first down, which would have had major implications on the play calling.
Washington dialed up a long play on 3rd down which led to an incompletion. However, thinking it was 2nd-and-10 a dropped catch gave the Giants the ball back.
The head linesman, Jeff Triplette, had signaled third down but there was confusion between the other officials and due to the change in play calling, it potentially cost the Redskins a win.
“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,” said Dean Blandino, the NFL’s vice president of officiating.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was visually and obviously upset with all of this during the closing minutes of the game as well as after the conclusion.
Prior to this loss, the Redskins were mathematically still in playoff contention, though their chances were slight. So the implications of this call are potentially huge.