Landover, MD. – A game with big final implications ended in controversy when the Washington Chiefs squandered a penalty for a touchdown and a last-minute fourth-down fumble to get into the end zone. A 20-12 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night.

The Giants (8-5-1) hold a commanding lead for the sixth playoff spot, while Washington (7-6-1) remains in the seventh and final spot, but now faces a tough road to clinch just one half. The game leads against the Seattle Seahawks and the Detroit Lions.

The commanders were upset with the illegal formation penalty on the wide receiver Terry McLaurin That’s a 1-yard rejection Brian Robinson Go-ahead run with 1:03 left.

Two plays later, Washington spoke wide Curtis Samuel He had an interception on a fourth-down throw in the end zone. No calls were made.

“Don’t ask me about the officiating,” Washington coach Ron Rivera said in his postgame news conference. “I can’t answer that question.”

Washington was fouled by an offensive pass interference penalty in the third quarter that nullified a 2-point conversion. But the final sequence stood out because Washington was out of sorts.

McClarin was upset because he said he didn’t line up any differently than he had at times in the game.

On the replay, the official on that side signaled to McClarin to go up. McLaurin stood up.

“When I got up, I checked to see if I was good and he said I was good,” McLaurin said. “I’m not trying to punish. We had other chances; it’s hard to go down like that.”

McClarin can be seen giving the official a thumbs up. He said he heard the officer say he was fine. But he said he could not leave it to the authorities.

“It’s disappointing because I pride myself on my attention to detail,” McLaurin said. “In a game on the line, you don’t want to make a mistake to hurt your team. I wanted to make sure I was good, and I felt like I was with him. I take ownership, and I have to be sure. It’s not close, but it’s tough. Sometimes your helmet tilts up, and They can also be called offside.

Judge John Hussey said he did not see any exchange between McClarin and the officer.

“What I was told and confirmed was that the ball was snapped at the half-yard line and lined up one yard at the 1½-yard line,” Haase told a pool reporter. “To be considered legal, he must break the belt, the waist of the center, and he did not break the waist of the center. That is why the penalty was called, because it was not in the legal form.”

Two plays later, on fourth-and-goal from the 6-yard line, the quarterback Taylor Heinecke Scattered and missed a pass to Samuel in the middle of the end zone. Corner Darnay Homes He was behind Samuel.

“Yeah, yeah,” Hennicky said when he thought pass interference should have been called.

“The dude has his arm around his neck,” Heinecke said, adding that the commanders cannot blame officials for the loss.

“I can’t control this,” Samuel added. “All I can do is try to make the play when the ball is in the air. I’m not a ref, so I can’t do anything.”

As Hussey explained, “Interference is a judgment call. For the officials, it didn’t rise above what they felt was a limit, so they didn’t call it.”

The Giants had a different take on the playoffs. It allowed them to escape by winning the playoffs and put their chances of making the postseason at 90%.

“It was a good game,” Giants coach Brian Daboll said calmly. “good game”

Holmes was noncommittal if it was an intervention. He was called for a catch earlier in the game and leads the Giants after being picked off eight times this season.

“I haven’t watched the game yet. I just know the ball was broken. We’ll see once I watch film, but hey, the refs have eyes,” Holmes said. “They’re going to call what they call. We live with their calls. There are some plays that I wish they didn’t call and there are plays that I know I did something and they call it.”

“At the end of the day, inspectors make the calls, and we take it out.”

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