After Further Review: Jets-Giants Officiating

By popular demand, we're again going to have a post after each game that breaks down some of the controversial decisions from the officiating crew in the game.

Penalty Count

Giants 6-73 (leading to two Jets first downs)
Jets 9-85 (leading to five Giants first downs)

Note: This does not include penalties that are declined or off-set.

Plays where the call was obvious, uncontroversial or not visible on broadcast footage

Jets Penalties

  • Offensive holding on Connor McGovern on the play where Zach Wilson fumbled after a sack. McGovern grabbed Dexter Lawrence's arm as he broke into the backfield.
  • Solomon Thomas facemask penalty in the hole. Clearly grabbed the facemask even though he let go almost immediately.
  • Mekhi Becton unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Kayvon Thibodeaux. Gave him a big shove and knocked him flying at the end of a play where he did a good job on him.
  • Max Mitchell false start. Dropped into his stance before the ball was snapped.

Giants Penalties

  • Cordale Flott illegal contact on Xavier Gipson. This was declined because it came on Breece Hall's touchdown catch. The contact was basically off-screen and away from the ball but it looked like Flott engaged Gipson 6-7 yards downfield.
  • Tyre Phillips false start. Dropped into his stance before the ball was snapped. This drew a vocal reaction from John Franklin-Myers, perhaps underlining the fact that Franklin-Myers had been complaining about him dropping into his stance prematurely on previous plays.
  • Isaiah Simmons unnecessary roughness on a punt. This happened off-screen.
  • Deliberate delay of game penalty before a punt.
  • Adoree' Jackson pass interference on Malik Taylor in overtime. As clear of a pass interference call as you could ever expect to see with Jackson beaten cleanly and not getting his head turned as he tried to recover and then made contact with Taylor on the underthrown ball way before it arrived.

Penalties warranting further discussion or explanation

Jets Penalties

  • False start on Laken Tomlinson. It looked like McGovern delayed the snap here so the timing was off. Mitchell also moved, probably before Tomlinson who barely moved at all.
  • Quincy Williams unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Was grappling with Justin Pugh at the end of a play and foolishly slapped him in the helmet.
  • Franklin-Myers offside. A strange one here as Franklin-Myers adjusted by moving backwards before the snap. It's possible he was in the neutral zone but he appeared to correct this and it wasn't announced as a neutral zone infraction anyway. He certainly didn't jump across prior or at the snap.
  • Williams unnecessary roughness. Hit on a defenseless receiver on an incomplete pass. Although the receiver was low to the ground as he attempted to make the catch, Williams closed fast and did make what would constitute forcible contact to the back of his helmet.
  • Jermaine Johnson late hit on Tommy DeVito to extend the Giants' touchdown drive. After the whistle and he knocked DeVito to the ground so nobody can really be surprised that this call was made. He could easily have wrapped him up or pulled out of the hit on hearing the whistle.
  • Micheal Clemons offside on a 4th-and-5 punt in the fourth quarter. Reacted to the hard count and overbalanced into the neutral zone. Inexcusable, but he was probably eager to try and block the punt which at the time looked like perhaps their best chance of getting the win.

Giants Penalties

  • Deonte Banks pass interference on a quick slant to Garrett Wilson. Clearly pulled down on Wilson's right arm before the ball arrived.
  • Mark Glowinski holding on Franklin-Myers. Lost leverage and kept hold of him as a run was bounced to the outside. Declined anyway as the Jets stopped the run.
  • Thibodeaux offside on the first play of the game-tying field goal drive. Costly because it effectively gave the Jets a free timeout between the two Wilson completions.
  • Daniel Bellinger holding on the first play of overtime. Tackled Franklin-Myers as DeVito looked to roll out.
  • Banks pass interference on Wilson again. Dragged him down as he broke down but didn't prevent him from making the catch in overtime.

Notable no-calls etc

Here were some of the other notable missed calls, replay situations and controversial moments:

  • It looked like Dalvin Cook was marked short on a 2nd-and-1 run but luckily it was still a first down after the measurement
  • CJ Mosley had to contort his body to avoid making anything other than incidental contact when DeVito slid just short of the marker
  • DJ Reed felt he was held on the outside on Wan'Dale Robinson's first down reverse
  • Nick McCloud got away with an obvious facemask penalty on a Gipson punt return
  • Garrett Wilson's sideline catch was correctly upheld. His toe tapped inbounds and then out of bounds but he had clear control with his toe down inbounds initially
  • The Jets got away with an obvious delay of game on one play
  • Allen Lazard's diving catch was correctly overturned on the field and then upheld as an incompletion by the replay booth. He did have control before hitting the ground but his hands came off the ball as it moved
  • On one play the Jets were stopped short of the marker and then the play was blown dead when offensive line reinforcements had started to push the player for additional yards. That was a quick trigger in terms of the forward progress being stopped. Trey McBride scored a touchdown yesterday on a similar play that wasn't blown dead
  • On the Giants' missed field goal, the Jets had to be very careful not to commit a penalty when Will McDonald jumped over the line. The following were relevant (a) McDonald cannot touch another player on either team as he jumps the line (b) nobody can line up opposite the long snapper unless they don't touch him until one second after the snap (c) any lineman cannot make contact with the head or neck of the long snapper and (d) the three linemen who pushed down on their blockers cannot attempt to block the kick having done this. Kudos to the Jets who complied with this on all fronts.
  • On the spike play before the game-tying field goal, the Jets were entitled to spot the ball in the right position and then the official just has to touch it before they can snap and spike it. Again, the Jets all executed well here in terms of the right number of players on the line of scrimmage and everyone being set for a second before the snap.
  • On that play, Thibodeaux was in the neutral zone at the snap which should have been flagged and was not. Had the Jets snapped the ball before zero but not had time to spike it before the time expired, this penalty could have given them an untimed down so the no-call could have cost them the game.

Let us know what we missed - or misinterpreted - in the comments...