Refs screw Giants by picking up flag after sliding Tommy DeVito gets drilled

For the second consecutive week, the refs are failing to protect Tommy DeVito

New York Giants v New Orleans Saints
New York Giants v New Orleans Saints / Chris Graythen/GettyImages

The officiating in the NFL has been a joke this season and more of the same was on display on Sunday in the NY Giants game vs. the New Orleans Saints. Late in the second quarter, Tommy DeVito took off for a run and slid late.

As he was falling to the turf, a Saints defensive back absolutely drilled DeVito and he was down on the turf in a lot of pain. A flag was thrown and then picked up. Take a look at this play for yourself. On which planet is this not a 15-yard penalty? Come on!

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Because of that play, DeVito was taken out of the game and he jogged back to the locker room to get checked for a possible concussion. Tyrod Taylor came onto the field to close out the first half, helping the G-Men close the gap to 7-6 before halftime. However, we still can't get over the fact that NY wasn't given an extra 15 yards thanks to that hit on Tommy Cutlets.

The first half was brutal for DeVito - before he went down thanks to the awful hit, the offensive line couldn't do anything positive in terms of pass-protection. The G-Men gave up four sacks in the first half, with left guard Justin Pugh looking terrible.

Last week in the win over the Packers, there was also a missed call on a dirty hit on DeVito as he was going down. Brian Daboll couldn't believe it and he surely will be furious when he sees the replay of what happened to his signal-caller at the Superdome.

If the NFL is all about protecting the quarterback, then explain to us how the flag was picked up for this latest play on DeVito? Give us a break.