Mathis on mea culpa: 'Too little, too late'

December, 11, 2013
12/11/13
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INDIANAPOLIS -- To no one's surprise, the Indianapolis Colts weren't interested in hearing that the NFL admitted it made a mistake late in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

“No, no,” coach Chuck Pagano said when asked if he had a reaction to it. "We're still 8-5. And we've got the [Houston] Texans coming to town. And we won the division. So we got a lot of good things going on. Now we've got to catch the momentum, now we've got to catch fire. As Robert [Mathis] just said, we've got to 'strike the match' and catch fire and get the mojo going.”

[+] EnlargeBenJarvus Green-Ellis
AP Photo/David KohlAfter review, officials ruled that BenJarvus Green-Ellis scored right before the half against the Colts.
It was fourth-and-goal for the Bengals at the Colts' 1-yard line, when Indianapolis defensive tackle Josh Chapman tripped running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Green-Ellis stumbled to the ground and the officials ruled that he was down short of the goal line.

The play was reviewed and referee Jeff Triplette reversed the call, giving the Bengals a touchdown and a 14-0 lead with 74 seconds left in the first half.

"It wasn't a correct call," Dean Blandino, the NFL's head of officiating, said on the NFL Network's "Total Access" on Tuesday night. "We made a mistake here."

An apology now doesn't do anything for the Colts. It's still a touchdown and more importantly, it's still a loss for them.

“Awesome,” Mathis said. “Too little too late, but we're not crying over spilled milk. We lost the game. Move on. It's Houston.”

Mike Wells

ESPN Indianapolis Colts reporter

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