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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Giants upset over controversial first down call on Christian McCaffrey run

Giants Christian McCaffrey first down

The New York Giants are upset about the lack of a review on a controversial first down given to the Carolina Panthers on a run by Christian McCaffrey in the final minute of Sunday’s game.

The Panthers were down 31-30 and had the ball at the Giants’ 46 with 30 seconds left. They gave the ball to McCaffrey on a 3rd-and-1 play, and the back got close to the first down line before being pulled back and brought down well behind the marker.

Though McCaffrey was close to the line and it’s hard to say whether he got it, the officials awarded Carolina an immediate first down, allowing Cam Newton to spike the ball. The Panthers then won the game two plays later on a 63-yard field goal by Graham Gano.

Here’s the play:

The lack of a review by the officials to at least check the spot — especially after what happened to the Browns last week — did not sit well with the Giants.

Snacks Harrison thought the refs “jumped the gun” with the first down call.

Safety Landon Collins complained about “bogus calls” being made.

Many observers did not like the way the refs handled the matter.

There really isn’t much of an excuse for not at least reviewing or measuring the spot on that play when it was so close to the marker. The Giants have a right to be upset.

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