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No, these aren't the refs from the game today
Let me go ahead and address this now. The Giants were very fortunate in this afternoon's victory. After scoring and forcing and three and out, the Giants got the ball back on the Cardinals' 47 yard line with just over three minutes left in the game.
On the first play of the drive, Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz along the seam, who decided it would be better to go down instead of getting hit and risk losing the ball—three defenders were closing in.
When he went to get up, he left the ball on the turf and the Cardinals picked it up and advanced it. Now being that Cruz was ruled down, they could not advance it but luckily with the new rule, they CAN challenge the fumble.
They did get the challenge flag thrown in time, and all hope seemed to be lost.
However, the refs stepped in and said that Cruz gave himself up, meaning the play could not be challenged and he is officially ruled down.
This essentially is what happens when a QB slides or a player takes a knee. Seeing as how neither happened on the play, Cruz should not have been ruled down, and the Giants should have lost the game.
Given the second chance, Eli hit Nicks down the sideline on the very next play for a touchdown, and the Giants defense held their ground to seal the victory.
This was the main terrible call of the day, but there were missed calls all over the field on both teams. Patrick Peterson was getting away with a ton of contact all day long, and the Giants offensive line seemed to be holding plenty more than they were called for.
Not to mention a particular play where Darnell Dockett horse collared AND pulled Brandon Jacobs' facemask on the same play.
All in all it wasn't an impressive day for the refs, especially when they affected the outcome of the game.
Of course, the Cardinals still had to play defense, which they apparently forgot to do.