4 embarrassing mistakes from refs during the NY Giants win over Washington

NY Giants, Darnay Holmes. (Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)
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Breathe, NY Giants fans. In what was a spectacular contest on Sunday night in primetime, the G-Men were able to escape FedEx Field with a thrilling 20-12 win over the Washington Commanders. Goodness, this matchup was almost as exhilarating as the World Cup Final between France and Argentina – okay, maybe we went too far there.

Regardless, it was a special night for Brian Daboll and Co. However, the same can’t be said for the officiating crew. Throughout the night, the team in stripes looked absolutely terrible, blowing calls for both teams.

In an unbiased view of things, we’re going to take a look at two terrible calls for each side from Week 15. Both Commanders and Giants fans should still be upset.

4. No illegal hands to the face call for Kayvon Thibodeaux?

There’s going to be more on this play soon, trust us, but for starters, how in the heck did the officials not spot this? With the game on the line, pass-rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux was trying to fly into the backfield to put pressure on Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke, something he was able to do all night.

In the middle of this play, Thibodeaux was quite clearly hit in the face/potentially poked in the eye. He was in some serious pain and couldn’t battle through, giving Heinicke extra time to try and make a throw. As we all know by now, his pass attempt for Curtis Samuel hit the turf, ending Washington’s hopes. Still, Heinicke should have never been given this amount of time.

Thibodeaux was a monster in the win, with his play of course being highlighted by his strip-sack of Heinicke, which he was able to take back to the house for a monstrous touchdown. It was Thibodeaux’s best game of the season, no doubt about that. Hopefully the refs don’t miss such a blatant call he deserved next time, though.