"You have to understand that the intent to deceive is something that has to be determined," said Giants' coach Tom Coughlin. "The officials did not think that that was intent to deceive. We can disagree all we want. It happened before, on a fourth-and-one, for them and they were called for it. But it’s obvious that it’s a part of their plan and they execute it very well. On that particular play, the backside tight end did false start and that wasn’t called."
More from SNY Insider Mike Garafolo of the Star-Ledger:
The ball never got to Giants receiver Victor Cruz on Eli Manning’s fourth-down pass on Sunday because 49ers lineman Justin Smith batted it down at the line to preserve San Francisco’s 27-20 victory. Even so, the ball might have fallen incomplete as it headed toward the traffic jam into which Cruz was running.
Of course, some believe none of the above should have mattered because Niners linebacker Patrick Willis was all over tight end Jake Ballard at the line — a little too much, in their opinion.....Include Tom Coughlin in that group:
“I think that it’s safe to say that that was defensive holding, yes,” the Giants’ coach said today after reviewing the tape.