EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – A last-minute chosen free-kick allowed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to overtake the New York Giants 25-23 on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.
Giants trainer Joe Judge thinks it was the wrong call. Bucs manager Bruce Arians thought it was the right call. The officials thought it was interference … and then they didn’t.
Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr was initially flagged when attempting to convert to 2 points with 28 seconds remaining will end the game. Winfield collided with the Giants running back to Dion Lewis just inside the bottom area near the right-hand border simultaneously with the ball or possibly a millisecond early, depending on each person̵7;s point of view. The ball is not falling completely.
“I thought [field judge] Nate [Jones] Judge said. “So I’m not sure why it was chosen. We had a pretty good view. I know they can’t use Jumbotron for replay. We also had a pretty clear view of that. I think Nate got it right the first time. Usually, your first instinct is right. “
The Buccaneers (6-2) celebrate after the officials rallied and decided to pick up the flag. They think it’s a clean play.
They do not intend to complain about the changing hearts of the officials.
“The ball hit Antoine in the back. For me, there was no pass interference – I think it was a good situation,” said Arians. “I don’t know why it took so long, but he reached his hand out, there was no contact and the ball hit his back.”
Tampa Bay midfielder Tom Brady agrees. He noted Winfield with a “save game”.
It’s still a controversial ending to a wild game. Not every day one official beat another in such an important play. But that’s what happened in this case.
“Secondary judge [Eugene Hall] threw the flag on the play and reached the referee [Jerod Phillips] “Referee Brad Rogers said.” The communication between the line referee and assistant referee is that the defender communicates with the receiver at the same time the ball enters. And for defensive pass interference, it must soon clear and hinder the receiver’s ability to catch. “
The idea that was clear enough to raise the flag.
“You want to make sure it meets the criteria for overcoming intervention,” said Rogers. “And in our communication on the pitch, the sub and the sub have discussed the action and believe it is appropriate to pick the flag.”
It certainly surprises the giants. Can see the judge yelling at the officials after the match.
Wing-back Daniel Jones said he thinks he will have another chance to force a game that is capable of making it extra time. Instead, The Giants (1-7) lost another heartbreaking match in which Jones’ first leg proved costly.
“I think it’s pass interference,” Jones said. “I was surprised when they picked it up. We’ll watch it and learn from experience, I guess. See what they saw, but it’s hard.
“I was certainly surprised. You don’t see that often. I was surprised.”
But it all seems to be a matter of opinion, or in this case, group association.
“The refs,” said the Bucs in line, Lavonte David, “has followed my point and took the flag.”