NFL admits Giant blunder on Redskins' final drive

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (right) runs with the ball as Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara...

Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon (right) runs with the ball as Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara (left) attempts a tackle during first quarter action in Landover, Md., on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013. (Geoff Burke/USA TODAY Sports)

JOHN KRYK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:11 PM ET

Officials screwed up so badly near the end of Sunday night's Redskins-Giants game, the NFL had to admit as much on Monday.

Dean Blandino, the league's vice-president of officiating, said the crew should have stopped play to eliminate the confusion surrounding down and distance with Washington driving to try to tie the game, down 24-17.

On 2nd-and-5 at the Redskin 41, Robert Griffin III completed a short pass to Pierre Garcon. The referee, Jeff Triplette, signed third down. But the head linesman on Washington's sideline motioned for the chain gang to move ahead -- first down.

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan later said he asked for a measurement to be sure but the head linesman assured him it was a first down. So offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, Mike's son, called a first-down play -- a long pass, which fell incomplete.


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