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“The mood is we need better refs,” Collins said, per Dan Duggan of The Athletic. “That’s the mood. Point-blank, simple. It’s bogus calls being called out there.”
The Giants were called for eight penalties for a total of 62 yards during the Week 5 loss.
Collins himself was called for unnecessary roughness while attempting to make a play on the ball early in the fourth quarter, leading to a first down instead of 4th-and-13 for the Panthers. Cam Newton eventually threw a touchdown pass on that drive to extend the lead to 27-16 after the ensuing extra point.
It was one of three Carolina first downs earned from penalties during the win.
In addition to the penalties, the officials called a questionable first down for the Panthers on the game-winning drive when it appeared Christian McCaffrey may have been short on 3rd-and-1 at the Giants’ 46-yard line. Defensive tackle Damon Harrison wasn’t happy about the call, which wasn’t reviewed.
“I think they jumped the gun a bit,” Harrison said of McCaffrey’s run, per Joe Person of The Athletic. “From where I was, I don’t think it was a first down. It was short.”
This allowed the team to stop the clock for an eventual 63-yard Graham Gano go-ahead field goal as time expired.
Harrison also expressed his anger with the officiating after the game:
Damon Harrison Sr. @snacks
I can take a loss…to have a win stolen is a different type of feeling. The NFL has some explaining to do…
Former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs agreed with the complaints:
Regardless of whether the calls were correct, the loss still goes in the record books as New York fell to 1-4 on the season. The team will try to regroup with a short turnaround before Thursday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.