Giants watch as big calls go the other way


After watching four pivotal calls go against his team in Saturday's game against the Jets, Giants owner John Mara could only wonder when his team will get a break.

"One of these days, they will go in our favor," said Mara, who is on the NFL's competition committee. "I don't know when, but one of these days it will."

In Saturday's game, the Giants saw two turnovers get overturned, a possible fumble get called an incomplete pass and watched as a fumble instead was ruled an incomplete pass. The latter play saved the Jets 17 yards and kept them in striking range for the touchdown they ultimately scored.

"A little bit (frustrating), especially when you watch the replays and you think a couple of them should go the other way but you have to understand that's part of the game and you have to keep doing that," receiver Victor Cruz said. "You have to keep plugging away and understand that your defense has to be resilient and battle and that's the way it is."

In three of the four plays, the officials reviewed the play in the booth before ruling in the Jets favor. Only one of them was called on the field with no review, meaning that at least three of the calls were correctly called—albeit, all against the Giants.

In the second quarter, Antrel Rolle tackled Jeremy Kerley and forced a fumble, which Aaron Ross recovered and returned for a touchdown. After reviewing the touchdown, the ruling on the field was reversed and instead it was a five-yard completion.

In the third quarter, Santonio Holmes appeared to catch a nine-yard pass and fumble and the Giants ultimately recovered the ball. The pass was ruled incomplete and the Jets instead punted instead of handing the Giants' premium field position.

In the fourth quarter, Jason Pierre-Paul sacked Mark Sanchez as he was trying to throw the ball and the ball squirted loose, which Justin Tuck recovered. The Jets challenged the play and it was ruled that Sanchez had thrown an incomplete pass.

Just a little bit later, the Giants appeared to have a caused a fumble as Sanchez again attempted a pass and the fumble pushed the Jets back 17 yards. The Jets again challenged that play and it was also ruled an incomplete pass.

"We are going to have to re-visit the 'tuck' rule," Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. "I thought the quarterback was pulling it down to run and the ball comes out and they make that ruling. We haven't had many of those overturned in the last six weeks. Unbelievable."

For as much as the Giants would have liked to get those calls, they didn't make a different difference in the game nor prevent the team from winning the contest.

"It's frustrating but at the end of the day, we won and that's all that counts," Pierre-Paul said.