Giants tight end Evan Engram said he believed he was interfered with and held on New York's last gasp in Sunday's 34-29 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
"It was really obvious there should've been a flag," Engram said, according to NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy. "Those guys played their hearts out and they are really emotional. We felt like we should've got that call."
On fourth-and-goal from the Philadelphia 6-yard line with 48 seconds remaining, Eli Manning's pass intended for a leaping Engram sailed out of the end zone, however Engram contended that Eagles safety Corey Graham interfered with him in single coverage.
"My arm was kind of held," Engram said. "It was obvious that he kind of arm-barred me. I thought it was definitely defensive pass interference. Fourth down. It was really obvious, but no call."
Engram got up and extended his arms in the air pleading for a referee to throw a flag, which would have resulted in a first-and-goal from the 1-yard line.
Instead, when no flag was thrown, teammate Sterling Shepard also argued with an official, which resulted in a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.
"You can't tell me that's not pass interference," said Shepard, who apologized for letting "my emotions get the best of me" after the game. "My guy couldn't even lift up his left arm. You hate to see it happen that way, but I've got to be better."
New York had scored 29 points, its most since Week 17 of the 2015 season, and had driven 74 yards downfield to set up fourth-and-goal from the Philadelphia 6-yard line when a Bobby Hart false start penalty pushed the Giants back five yards.
"It's unfortunate we had the false start," Manning said, according to NJ.com's James Kratch. "It's a tough situation. I don't blame Bobby at home. It's just loud. ... You don't think that would happen at home, but I guess when you've only got two games, you've got a lot of Eagles fans, and they were loud. We couldn't hear the cadence and that's why we jumped offsides."
Engram said the false start meant the Giants needed to adjust the play call, so they set up with an empty backfield. He said Manning threw a "great ball" and felt he "definitely" could have came down with the catch.
"You hate to see it end like that," Shepard said, according to Dunleavy. "I was hurt for all of our wins. I was itching for one."