The big story out of the Giants’ 27-23 win over the Ravens Sunday almost had nothing to do with Odell Beckham and everything to do with a phantom defensive pass interference call that nearly cost Big Blue the game.
The Giants were leading 20-16 with 2:23 left in the game when the Ravens faced a 3rd-and-4 from the Giants’ 38-yard line. Joe Flacco lofted a deep pass to Breshad Perriman toward the end zone down the right sideline, and Rodgers-Cromartie appeared to have perfect coverage on him to force the incompletion. But then a flag came in for pass interference that put the Ravens at the eight-yard line, prompting the Giants’ faithful at MetLife Stadium to erupt in what were probably well-deserved boos directed at the refs.
“Initially I wanted to take my helmet off and throw it but I can’t argue calls,” Rodgers-Cromartie said after the game. “Even when it’s crucial calls, I’ve got to live with it, because that’s a decision he made, no matter what I do (it won’t change). I just chill.”
“I think it was a horrible call. Questionable is being (generous),” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “I don’t think you can play a nine route better than that, besides catching the ball, as a DB. Had tremendous coverage on him.”
At the time, it appeared like it had cost the Giants the game. Three plays later, Terrance West ran into the end zone to take the lead, and the fans chanted “bulls–t” at the top of their lungs. In fact, G Justin Pugh said he’d never heard the building get quite like that.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is called for pass interference on this play, which resulted in the Ravens taking the lead shortly afterward.
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“No, not off the top of my head. It was pretty loud,” Pugh said. “I guess the fans were upset. I didn’t get to really see the call.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said he was stunned when he saw the flag.
“Yeah it came in real late, and once I (saw) it, I (had) felt him try to get over me a little bit so I’m like maybe it’s offensive pass interference,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But then they called it defense I was like, ‘aw, naw. Not at this time of the game. Don’t do me like that!’ I had to live with it, man.”
Unquestionably, the play would have come under intense scrutiny after the game if the score had remained the same. But instead, Beckham saved the day, catching a pass on 4th-and-1 inside of the two minute warning and running it 66 yards to the house to win it for the Giants.
Source: NY Daily News Headlines Sports News