The Washington Redskins and their online sports betting fans thought the team had a first down. The chain gang on their side of the field also thought the same thing. However, the officials didn’t agree.
This decision led to controversy near the end of the Redskins’ 24-17 defeat versus the New York Giants on last night.
It all began with a second-and-5 completion to receiver Pierre Garcon to Washington’s 45-yard line with 1:37 remaining.
Even though the confusion started because at least one official felt Garcon had a first down, according to the team’s coach Mike Shanahan, Garcon was marked short — and yet the chains on Washington’s sideline were moved as if he’d been awarded a first down.
It seemed that all Redskins players thought that they had a first down. However, referee Jeff Triplette considered that it was third down.
According to Triplette, “We signaled ‘third down’ on the field, rhe stakes were moved incorrectly. After that play, we said it was still third down. We had signaled third down prior to the play starting. The chains just got moved incorrectly.”
Several players saw the chains and thought Garcon made a first down.
“The chains moved right away and it was first down,” according to guard Kory Lichtensteiger. “Next thing I know, it’s not. … We thought it was first-and-10, so we ran the play. Next thing we know, it’s fourth-and-1 all of a sudden. I don’t know how they can take it back. I feel if it’s marked, you have to go with it. That changes everything for our offense.”
On third-and-1, Washington called a downfield pass to tight end Fred Davis, who dropped it at the Giants 30.
On fourth down, Garcon caught a short hitch that would have resulted in a first down, but safety Will Hill stripped him of the ball and recovered it for New York (5-7).