Jon Feliciano has strongly criticized officials who threw a game-changing penalty flag at him for flexing his muscles.
With the Giants within reach to potentially open a two-point lead with less than six minutes left in the fourth quarter, Feliciano was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing back the line of scrimmage 15 yards and turning a potential 53 yards (or more close). ) field goal attempt in a punt. Head coach Brian Daboll was livid on the sideline, and the Commanders made the Giants pay by scoring on ensuing possession for the final points of a 20-20 overtime tie Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“He was obviously mad,” Feliciano said. “He has a right to be. I’m crazy too.
The veteran center initially declined to comment on the appeal against him – “You know they like to take money out of players’ pockets, especially when things like that happen,” Feliciano said – but he changed his tone as he weighed other calls and no-calls throughout the unsatisfactory tie.
“It sucks, especially when you’re playing against two teams,” Feliciano said, referring to commanders and officials. “I know it will probably get me a fine.”
The Giants led 20-13 with 6:13 to go when Jones started a possession with a 12-yard completion to Darius Slayton, who fought through several tackles to go from the short of the sticks to a first down at the line 35 yards. Feliciano ran over to Slayton and flexed his arms with a few commanders around the ball.
“He had six guys on him on a big play,” said a hyperbolic Feliciano. “Trying to celebrate with a teammate. Didn’t look at anyone else. Looking straight at Slay.
Slayton wasn’t looking back.
“I haven’t seen it,” Slayton said. “Every time he got the penalty he got, I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest.”
The Giants had a 92.2% chance of winning before that penalty, according to ESPN analysis. The odds swung in Washington’s favor after their tied touchdown.
“He would go to Slayton and say, ‘Hey, good job. Strong race”, but it was… close [to] all these players,” Daboll said. “So how does the [official] look at it and interpret it. I don’t think he can hear what Jon is saying to Slayton, so they ended up calling him. Obviously, we shouldn’t even be in this situation. This will be a first try. We’re at 35, probably making it a two-point game. These are things we can’t even shut down.
Feliciano spent the rest of the game trying to catch up on the call.
“Whatever, the referee called it that,” he said. “I was determined to do my best to recover what had happened.”
The Giants were called for four penalties for 34 yards, while the Commanders totaled seven for 56.
But one play Feliciano didn’t like was when receiver Richie James caught for 14 yards with 16 seconds left in overtime and was hit as he got up as the Giants scrambled for a spike to stop. the chronometer. Had that been called unnecessary roughing, the clock would have stopped and the Giants would have lined up for a field goal shorter than the 58-yard miss when time expired.
“I’m pretty sure you’re not allowed to hit Richie when he tries to get the ball to the ref within two minutes of the road,” Feliciano said. “It’s a flag.”
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