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After Further Review

After Further Review: Even Philly thinks Giants should have won challenge



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Image: Dallas Cowboys photo

  • First, our quick calls [Football Zebras]
  • The pink penalty flags did cause some confusion with the players’ pink towels, all symbolic for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. However, a clock operator briefly stopped the clock because one of the pink towels looked like a penalty flag. I wouldn’t be surprised if this is re-evaluated this week, and the penalty markers are yellow on Thursday. [Update 2 p.m.: The pink flags are already retired.]
  • The Giants challenged an Eagles pass ruled complete, even though the process of the catch was not completed. Giants coach Tom Coughlin: “I was very surprised, as was our sideline and upstairs, when they did not reverse it.” [Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News]
  • In Philadelphia? “Coughlin’s move was sound, since [receiver LeSean] McCoy clearly lost the ball on his way to the ground.” Really. [Marcus Hayes, Phi Daily News]
  • More reaction: Former referee VP says after Walt Coleman’s non-reversal, he’s changed his mind, that all reviews should go to league headquarters at 345 Park Avenue. [Mike Pereira, Fox]
  • Seahawks recovered a blocked punt in the end zone, but Jeron Johnson did not maintain control, so a safety was ruled: “The ref gave the explanation that when I went to stand up, the ball moved” [Bob Condotta, Sea Times]
  • You try to defend every blade of grass…. I left my feet and I don’t know how to stop mid-air,” said Moise Fokou on a sideline hit of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Fokou’s coach Mike Munchak said, “I think there is an inconsistency on how that is called.” [John Glennon, Tennesseean]
  • Bengals defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry: “I got over-aggressive on one play. I understand the referee has a job to do.” [Mark Inabinett, Mobile AL Press-Register]
  • Former Bengals coach Sam Wyche was told in 1988 by commissioner Pete Rozelle’s minions that the hurry-up offense would result in an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. [Tom Rock/LI Newsday]
  • An iffy call” for tripping on Lions defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh (although, contrary to the article, it is not a personal foul and not subject to a fine) [Chris McCosky, Det News]
  • In the Sunday night game, referee Mike Carey had his brother, Don, working at back judge. [h/t @hokie_Byrd]
  • Jeff Triplette called it how he sees it: “unnecessary roughness… with a body slam.” [NFL video]


  After Coughlin’s failed challenge


And, then…