Coughlin ‘Sick’ Over Giants’ Non-TD; Photo Indicates Refs Missed Call

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Game officials seemingly missed a call on an apparent first-quarter touchdown catch by Giants tight end Jake Ballard against the Green Bay Packers.

The officials ruled Ballard was out of bounds on the play and coach Tom Coughlin challenged during the Giants’ 38-35 loss to the undefeated Packers on Sunday.

Referee Jeff Triplette reviewed the play and upheld the call on the field.

Asked about losing two challenges in the game, Coughlin said Monday he felt nauseous about the first one because he had just seen a still photo of the play and Ballard had one knee down in the end zone, making it a touchdown.

“I just saw a picture which made me sick to my stomach, which Fox produced and showed, that he’s in,” Coughlin said.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said officials don’t look at still photos when they review a play.

With the score tied 7-7, Coughlin said the original call on Ballard’s catch was too close not to challenge. He lost the review, but said looking at the photo on Monday made the decision feel worse.

“Don’t ask me about that because I really don’t know why,” said Coughlin. “I challenged the Ballard thing, no question about that one. I wasn’t going to not challenge that and have somebody tell me, ‘You know he was in?’”

New York settled for Lawrence Tynes’ field goal after the ruling on the field was upheld.

Coughlin also challenged a 7-yard, third-down reception by Donald Driver early in the third quarter on a third-and-3 from the Giants 40 and lost that one, too.

“I really shouldn’t have challenged,” Coughlin said. “It was right on our sideline, but it was a third-and-3 and I was very much aware of where the ball was going, where it was headed, and if there was any way that (it) could have been turned around and they were hurrying up to the ball to snap it. So I really didn’t get a great call from upstairs.”

Do you blame the refs for Sunday’s loss? Sound off in the comments below…

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  • giants suck

    All them giants fans are sore losers!!!

  • Ken

    This crew of Ref’s plain stunk. They missed calls on both sides. I could not believe that they didn,t throw a flag when I believe it was Hicks caught the touchdown. The defender was all over him. Yes we got the touchdown but that lead later on to another pass to Hicks when you saw the defender was holing his Jersey which was pass interference. But never called. Even the announceers couldn’t believe it. When you have big games like this the best team of Ref’s should be assigned. Certainly not this crew of A–Holes.

  • Lynsey

    I like how all the giants fans are saying this picture proves what happened. You cant even tell in the picture if his knee is really down or hovering over the ground. Go to the nfls page and watch it. You can see that his knee was a tiny bit over the line when it finally landed. Hey I could get pictures of all kinds of things and call them a zebra if you want.

  • dman

    Look at the video again, and tell me when his LEFT foot or knee hit the ground

    • Peter Del Vaglio

      I can’t believe even credible people such as WFAN’s Mike Francesa are going on and on about this play. Even though he says the pass was incomplete, he shows the replay to prove that the right knee hits the white. This is pointless because, as stated in a post above, Ballard NEVER GOT HIS LEFT FOOT INBOUNDS.

      The correct call was made.

      • Greg Adamo

        Wrong. A foot and a knee from the SAME leg counts. It does not matter that his other foot did not come down in bounds. Same thing would be true if it was the rifgt knee and elbow. Should be a TD. Learn the rules before you spew off and make yourself look foolish. Oops,,,too late.

  • Francis

    There has to be something else when it comes to challenges. To only be allowed 2 the entire game (3 if you win both) just doesn’t seem right. The refs mess up alot, and because of that, coaches have to use a challenge even when the bad call is obvious and will be overturned.

  • Charles

    The officials didn’t have a great game, but the Giants dug their own grave. I mean, when your QB is hit and the ball is on the ground, and five guys on your team are standing around watching the ball roll on the ground, until finally a Packer runs over and falls on it, who do you blame?

    Yeah, the Giants got screwed on some calls, but they also made some mistakes of their own. It wasn’t the Packers’ best game, but they were 11-0 coming into the game and are the defending Super Bowl champions. You need to play near-perfect football to beat a team like that and the Giants did not.

  • JH

    I blame A.J. BURNETT…

  • ace11

    All Giants fans do is WHINE…..


    they stink

    • Toph

      Yeah… Whatever… “Ace”

  • toph

    Triplett should be fired. there were 5 obvious calls that he was paid off. gimme a break. That ref should be fired immediately. How could the NFL just sit there and not investigate. That ref has a history of getting things wrong. He’s an idiot and a bias jerk. Plain and simple. He better get shredded hard in the office today, and should have to make a public apology in the media for accepting money to change the outcome of the game. He’s a disgrace to professional sports. My cat just pooped on the couch. Its Jeff Triplett. With HD replay, how could anyone get the Jennings TD call wrong, and the Ballard TD call wrong, when its obvious on TV. After all, once Jennings supposedly got a little grip on the ball with his left hand, THEN he needs 2 feet in. He was way out of bounds by then. What a POS that ref is. Getting a call wrong on the field is one thing, but looking at it under the hood and then lying about it is inexcusable.

  • Hank

    Absolutely brutal officiating. The NFL is as legit as professional wrestling. Answer one question: Why is the point spread in every paper in the USA? The only reason a “point spread” exists is for gambling. Yet gambling on football is illegal in most states. The NFL is entertainment and entertainment is scripted. They only fix half the games, so the league looks legit.

  • Norman

    I tend to agree with Greg above that things even out, but when bad calls change a game so significantly you have to wonder what the hell is going on. I was more worked up over the bad calls in the secondary.

  • Chris Astrella

    I don’t, the Packers won fair and square. GO PACK GO!

    • Greg Adamo

      If you think that’s “fair and square” then what planet are you from? I have spoken to friends of mine who are Packer fans and while they will take the win they admit that the refs blew it all day long. They also admitted that they would be carzy angry if those calls went against them and caused them to lose their perfect season. I guess the people I know have more character then you and are men enough to admit the obvious.

  • Greg Adamo

    Damn right I blame the officials!!! I am not one to whine about officiating recognizing that during the course of a game or season the bad calls generally even out. However, what transpired in the NYG-Packers game was vastly different then anything I have ever seen before.

    Missed calls, Blown calls, phantom calls…..take your pick. There were possibly some missed calls on the NYG but they were not as significant and game changing as the ones the NYG were vitims of.

    Hey…..if the NFL and it’s commissioner want to have a team with a perfect record throughout I guess there is nothing that can stop them.

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