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Giants Robbed in Final Seconds on Controversial Two-Point Play in Loss to Bucs

No one is going to confuse the 2020 New York Giants with a team that is going to be ready to head to Tampa in February to compete in Super Bowl LV on February 7th.

With that said, what happened to the one-win Giants on Monday night with the game on the line at home against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, was basically a crime as the game was taken away from them.

If you missed it, the game was as competitive as any in the playoffs coming up in January. It was a back and forth affair and a game that the Giants held their own against a team that many think are going to be playing a “home game” in the Super Bowl (which is to be played in Tampa in February).

The Giants, down 25-17 with 3:41 to go, went on one of their most impressive drives of the season, mixing it up and driving down the field towards the tying score, which would have to come not only with a score but then a two-point conversion.

Daniel Jones made a couple nice throws, the last of which was a throw to Golden Tate from 19 yards out with 28 seconds left that made it a 25-23 game.

The G-Men knew they would have to go for two, so they were prepared to go for it and tie the game up and hopefully send it into overtime.

On the two-point play, it appeared that there was obvious pass interference, and rightfully so a flag was thrown, which would have tied the game.

The officials though decided to huddle up and discuss the flag, and eventually they picked it up, much to the chagrin of Giants coach Joe Judge as well as the rest of the Giants who were screaming at the officials.

The play saw Tampa Bay safety Antoine Winfield Jr. collide with Giants running back Dion Lewis just inside the end zone near the right sideline either simultaneously with the ball or perhaps a millisecond early. The ball fell incomplete, and the Giants were denied the chance to tie the game and send it into overtime.

As one would expect, Judge was upset after the game that the flag was picked up, and the Giants were left to swallow another tough loss to fall to 1-7 in the 2020 season, 1-3 playing at home this season.

“I thought [field judge] Nate [Jones] made the right call when he threw the flag,” Judge said.

“So, I’m not sure why it got picked up. We had a pretty good view. I know they can’t use the Jumbotron for a replay. We had a pretty clear view of that as well. I thought Nate made the right call the first time. Normally, your first instinct is right.”

Bucs coach Bruce Arians saw the play a totally different way – again as one would expect.

“Well the ball hit Antoine in the back. To me there was no pass interference — I thought it was a good call,” Arians said.

“I don’t know why it took so long, but he had his hands out, there was no contact and the ball hit him in the back.”

At the end of the day, it’s the way the season has gone for New York, and another tough effort did not work out for the G-Men.


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One Response to “Giants Robbed in Final Seconds on Controversial Two-Point Play in Loss to Bucs”

  1. royhobbs7 says:

    Tell me that if Brady had traded places with DJ (i.e., yellow flag thrown by ref on a PI call on a 2-point try to tie the game) that the zebras would have picked up the flag?

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