Maybe this one should have counted twice in the win column.
In prevailing 27-23 Sunday at MetLife Stadium, the Giants felt like they not only beat the Ravens, but also the officiating crew.
There were a total of 22 penalties called in the contest for a total of 230 assessed yards and though many went against Baltimore, two against the Giants in the fourth quarter put the outcome of the game in jeopardy and raised hackles for a crowd of 78,487.
None was bigger than a 30-yard pass interference call on Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie with 2:23 left in the game. Both Rodgers-Cromartie and Ravens receiver Breshad Perriman were going for Joe Flacco’s long throw down the sideline with the Giants protecting a 20-16 lead. Rodgers-Cromartie appeared to have the inside position between the ball and the receiver but a late flag went against the Big Blue cornerback.
It put Baltimore on the 8 and three plays later Terrance West ploughed in for a 2-yard touchdown and a Ravens lead.
“Initially I wanted to take my helmet off and throw it,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “But I can’t argue a call. … Even though it was a crucial call, I’ve got to live with it because it’s a decision he made. No matter what I do he is not going to overturn it.”
“It was a horrible call. Did you watch it?” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “I don’t think DRC could play the route better than that besides catching the ball as the DB. He had tremendous coverage on him. It’s a terrible call, but so be it.”
Perriman said: “I was actually trying to knock it down because of our positioning, but it could have gone either way.”
Rodgers-Cromartie said the official told him the penalty was the result of contact between the players earlier in the route — which some would argue could be a holding call — though DRC wondered aloud, “So why would it come in so late?”
The crowd was still thundering its displeasure when Eli Manning connected with Odell Beckham Jr. for a 75-yard touchdown and the lead on the next snap.
But there was still time for one more officiating call to imperil the game. Baltimore was looking at fourth-and-5 with 22 seconds left when Flacco uncorked a long throw that found grass; Owa Odighizuwa was flagged for roughing the passer. It gave Baltimore a first down on the Giants’ 24 with 15 seconds left.
Flacco threw three passes that all were broken up, the last two by Rodgers-Cromartie.
“Man, I was the happiest person on the field probably,” he said. “You know what that kind of call can do.”