The Giants were seemingly in position to get the ball back at a crucial point in the second half of Sunday's game against the Panthers, but a controversial unnecessary roughness penalty gave Carolina a fresh set of downs and led to a touchdown.
Landon Collins was trying to intercept a pass from Cam Newton when his helmet bumped Devin Funchess, leading to a flag for "contact on a defenseless player."
Collins was blunt after the game.
"The mood is we need better refs," he told Dan Duggan of The Athletic when asked after the game what the mood was in the locker room. "That's the mood. Point-blank, simple. It's bogus calls being called out there."
Coach Pat Shurmur defended Collins after the game, noting that he made "a play on the ball with no attempt to target the receiver."
Former Giants players took to social media to voice their displeasure over the call
Refs who had the Giants game were trash.- Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) October 7, 2018
Absolutely atrocious call 💯 https://t.co/U2W0da1soV- David Diehl (@davediehl66) October 7, 2018
OH HELL NO!!! That is an AWFUL CALL on Landon Collins. Great Play w/ Incidental contact #NYGvsCAR- Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) October 7, 2018
I can take a loss...to have a win stolen is a different type of feeling. The NFL has some explaining to do...- Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) October 7, 2018
One of the worse calls I have ever seen. So are you telling me that now the defenders don't have a fair chance at the ball?? Str8 Bullshit- Antrel Rolle (@antrelrolle26) October 7, 2018