According to Mike Shanahan, incorrectly moving the chains and telling him that a play just inside the two-minute warning had resulted in a first down wasn’t the only mistake the officials made during the Redskins’ last offensive possession. He said they missed a facemask violation on their last offensive play and that could have contributed to the result of the play.
On fourth down and one, Robert Griffin III threw a short pass to Pierre Garçon to pick up the first down. Cornerback Jayron Hosley came up to make the tackle and safety Will Hill pulled the ball out of Garçon’s hands. It was the Giants’ ball and they killed the clock.
Shanahan said that a look at the film revealed the penalty. “Pierre is the strongest guy on our team and nobody really rips the ball out of his hands, so that was quite unusual, and if you take a look at the end zone copy one of the defensive backs [Hosley] has his hands on his facemask bringing it down,” he said. “That was probably the only reason why the DB did get it away from Pierre because I haven’t seen anybody do that to him thus far.”
A screen grab of the play does appear to show Hosely with left hand on Garçon’s facemask.
In a look at the replay you can see it better, go to about the 40 second mark to see the best angle on it.
Had the penalty been called the Redskins would have maintained possession and would have had a first down at around the New York 35 yard line.
Shanahan said that NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino called him regarding the snafu over the chains two plays prior to the pass to Garçon. “[He] just went over the scenario,” he said. “Obviously they made a mistake and you live with it.”
The mistake may have been much easier to live with if Fred Davis had caught a pass deep down the middle on the play immediately following the incorrect moving of the chains or if Garçon had been able to hold on to the ball after making the fourth-down catch, facemask penalty or no.
In a statement, Blandino said that referee Jeff Triplette should have stopped play to have the chains corrected and to inform each coach of the mistake.
Here is what you need to know on this Monday, December 5, six days before the Washington Redskins play the Philadelphia Eagles.
—Today's schedule: Jay Gruden conference call 3 p.m.
—Days until: Redskins @ Eagles 6; Panthers @ Redskins 14; Redskins @ Bears Christmas Eve 19
Injuries of note vs. Cardinals:
C Spencer Long (concussion), S Will Blackmon (possible concussion/stinger)
Postgame injury report
Redskins vs. Cardinals by the numbers
—Kirk Cousins passed for 271 yards. While compiling those yards he moved up six spots in the team’s record book for single season passing yardage. He passed four different quarterbacks in the process and passed Mark Rypien and Joe Theismann twice.
—Cousins also moved past Jason Campbell for sixth on the team’s career passing yards list.
—DeSean Jackson caught a 59-yard pass from Cousins in the third quarter. It was his 35th career reception of 50 yards or longer. Since he entered the league in 2008 no NFL player has more.
—Ryan Kerrigan sacked Carson Palmer in the second quarter, giving him 10 for the season. He now has his second career season with double-digit sacks; he had 13.5 in 2014.
—Trent Murphy recorded a third-quarter sack of Palmer; he now has eight sacks this season. He had a total of six in his first two NFL seasons.
—Dustin Hopkins kicked a 53-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. It was the second-longest of his career. He hit a 54-yarder in Atlanta last season.
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GLENDALE, AZ—The Redskins went into today’s game against the Cardinals somewhat banged up and they exit with a couple of additional injury concerns in the form of concussions.
Center Spencer Long left the game in the second quarter. Initially it was announced that he had been evaluated for a concussion but that he had been cleared. But after halftime the word came down that he had been retested and it was determined that he does have a concussion. Long has entered the concussion protocol.
Veteran John Sullivan, picked up earlier this season when Kory Lichtensteiger went on injured reserve, filled in a center the rest of the way. He is a capable fill-in but if Long is out he would be the only available center. The Redskins might have to sign a center if it looks like Long will be out of action against the Eagles.
In the fourth quarter safety Will Blackmon left the game. According to Redskins coach Jay Gruden he was being evaluated for a concussion and a stinger. His exact status is unknown. Gruden will give more information during a conference call with reporters on Monday.
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