Captain Ron Rivera called out on loss to Giants: ‘Don’t ask me about refereeing’

Washington leaders Coach Ron Rivera didn’t have much to say during his press conference Sunday night when asked about a controversial call and appeared to miss a penalty late in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants that could have ultimately changed the outcome of the game.

On third-and-goal with just over a minute left, star player Terry McLaurin was called out for an illegal formation which apparently nullified the game. Touchdown run by Brian Robinson Jr.

New York Giants linebacker Kayvon Thibodeau, #5, and teammates celebrate after Thibodeau catches a foul and returns it for a touchdown during the New York Giants game against the Washington Chiefs on December 18, 2022, at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
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McLaurin told reporters after the game that the sideline official told him he had lined up legally before the play, and even double-checked him.

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“I feel like I was on the ball the whole time. If you look at the game, I lined up there pretty much every game. So I checked to see if I was good the first time and he was saying ‘move a little bit’ so when I got ahead I checked to see if I was Well he said I’m good. So… don’t try to fine me.”

He continued, “It’s frustrating because I pride myself on being detail-oriented and I’m detail-oriented in everything I do. And with the game on the line, you don’t want to make a mistake to hurt your team and I just wanted to make sure I was good and felt I was with his affirmation.”

Rivera was asked what he saw in the play, which prompted him to reply, “What did you guys see in the movie?”

Washington Chiefs coach Ron Rivera reacts during the third quarter against the New York Giants at FedExField on December 18, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.

Washington Chiefs coach Ron Rivera reacts during the third quarter against the New York Giants at FedExField on December 18, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.
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The reporter said he saw McLaurin pointing to the referee.

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Rivera replied, “That’s exactly what I was thinking too, thank you.”

Only two plays later with another chance in the end zone, the officials missed a clear pass call on Darnay Holmes while he was covering Curtis Samuel.

“Yeah I mean, again – actually, don’t ask me about refereeing because I can’t answer the question,” Rivera said, but offered no excuse for Sunday’s loss.

Darnay Holmes, No. 30 of the New York Giants, breaks up a pass intended for Curtis Samuel, No. 10 of the Washington Chiefs, during the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 18, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.

Darnay Holmes, No. 30 of the New York Giants, breaks up a pass intended for Curtis Samuel, No. 10 of the Washington Chiefs, during the fourth quarter at FedExField on December 18, 2022 in Landover, Maryland.
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Washington had two turnovers in the red zone in the last six minutes of the game that could have eventually tied the score or put the leaders ahead. Without these critical shifts, Rivera noted, “the final series doesn’t matter.”

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“This is huge. We can’t do that,” he said. “We had our chances. We put ourselves out there…we missed chances and we can’t do that. We talked about it when we were off last weekend that the red zone was something we had to be better at. And we didn’t do that.” If we did, that last string wouldn’t matter. ”

Samuel echoed that sentiment.

“I mean, I can’t control it. All I can do is just try to play when the ball is in the air. I’m not a referee, so I can’t do anything about it.”

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