NFL acknowledged to NYG that in Sunday loss, officials blew 2 calls in end zone: DRC didn’t commit PI & Daniel Fells was held on last pass.
It was inevitable even though it won’t change a thing. And on Thursday, the NFL offered an apology (of sorts) to the New York Giants for two blown calls — each critical — in Sunday night’s 27-26 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The two calls the NFL now admits the referees botched were tight end Daniel Fells’ catch, which was ruled incomplete after a review and speaks volumes about the league’s issue with what does and does not define a catch, and the more obvious of the two, the pass interference levied against cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie which, ultimately, led to a Cowboys touchdown and turned out to be the difference in the game.
The blown calls are still no excuse for the loss, however. The reality is the Giants didn’t understand the rules at the end of the game, leading to wild confusion about how many timeouts Dallas had remaining and the decision “not to score” on first- and second-down from inside the five-yard line. Ultimately, you’re forced to play the hand you’re dealt and the Giants didn’t.
At the same time, those two calls directly impacted the score and flow of the game. Had they been called correctly on the field, the Giants would have never been put into that late-game situation in the first place.
“That’s just one you have to live with. That was a tough one,” Rodgers-Cromartie said when learning of the NFL owning up to their mistake.
Adding insult to injury, this is now the third time since 2002 that the league had admitted to blowing a game for the Giants. In 2002, the league offered an apology for a blown call in the wildcard game against the San Francisco 49ers that led to the Giants being eliminated, and then again in 2011 when referees incorrectly ruled a Jake Ballard catch “incomplete” against the Green Bay Packers. The Giants would also go on to lose that game by a score of 38-35.