Jon Feliciano had a robust criticism of the officers who threw a game-changing penalty flag towards him for flexing his muscular tissues.
With the Giants in vary to probably open up a two-score lead with lower than six minutes remaining within the fourth quarter, Feliciano was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct, pushing the road of scrimmage again 15 yards and turning a possible 53-yard (or nearer) field-goal try right into a punt. Head coach Brian Daboll was furious on the sideline, and the Commanders made the Giants pay by scoring on the following possession for the ultimate factors of a 20-20 additional time tie on Sunday at MetLife Stadium.
“He was obviously mad,” Feliciano stated. “He has a right to be. I’m mad, too.”
The veteran middle initially declined to opine on the decision towards him — “You know they like to take money out of players’ pockets, especially when stuff like this happens,” Feliciano stated — however he modified his tune as he weighed different calls and non-calls all through the unsatisfying tie.
“It sucks, especially when you are playing two teams,” Feliciano stated, in reference to the Commanders and the officers. “I know that will probably get me fined.”
The Giants led 20-13 with 6:13 to go when Jones began a possession with a 12-yard completion to Darius Slayton, who fought by a number of tackles to go from quick of the sticks to a primary down on the 35-yard line. Feliciano ran over to Slayton and flexed his arms with a pair of Commanders across the ball.
“He had six guys on him on a big play,” a hyperbolic Feliciano stated. “Trying to celebrate with a teammate. Didn’t look at anybody else. Looking straight at Slay.”
Slayton wasn’t trying again.
“I didn’t see him,” Slayton stated. “Whenever he got the penalty he got, I didn’t know what was going on, to be honest.”
The Giants had a 92.2 p.c likelihood to win earlier than that penalty, based on ESPN analytics. The likelihood flipped in Washington’s favor after their tying landing.
“He was going up to Slayton and saying, ‘Hey, good job. Strong run,’ but it was … close [to] all those players,” Daboll stated. “So, how the [official] looks at it and interprets it. I don’t think he can hear what Jon is saying to Slayton, so, they ended up calling it. Obviously, we shouldn’t even be in that situation. It’s going to be a first down. We’re at the 35, probably make it a two-score game. Those are things we can’t even make it close.”
Feliciano spent the remainder of the sport attempting to make up for the decision.
“Regardless, the ref called it that way,” he stated. “I was fixated on doing my best to recoup what happened.”
The Giants have been referred to as for 4 penalties for 34 yards, whereas the Commanders totaled seven for 56.
But one play that Feliciano didn’t like was when receiver Richie James made a 14-yard catch with 16 seconds left in additional time and was bumped as he received to his ft when the Giants have been hustling to get a spike to cease the clock. If that was referred to as pointless roughness, the clock would’ve stopped, and the Giants would’ve lined up for a shorter area aim than the 58-yarder missed as time expired.
“I’m pretty sure you are not allowed to hit Richie when he is trying to bring the ball to the ref in the two-minute drive,” Feliciano stated. “That’s a flag.”