EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Ben McAdoo said he had never seen a penalty quite like the strange and costly delay of game penalty guard John Jerry took late in the Giants' 27-24 loss in Philadelphia on Sunday.
It was a new one for Jerry, too.
"First time I've ever been called for something like that," the eight-year veteran said. "I think that call could have gone either way."
There's certainly a good argument for that, but Jerry is the one who drew the flag for grabbing Philadelphia's Elijah Qualls as he quickly tried to get off the field before the Giants got set at the line of scrimmage and snapped the ball on a 3rd-and-2 at the Eagles 18 with a little more than three minutes left at the time.
What made the play so weird is that Qualls' exit strategy was to run through the Giants' offensive line and into their backfield before making a left turn for the sidelines. He bumped Jerry, who then reached out and grabbed him.
"It was definitely a reflex," Jerry said. "I didn't just grab the guy."
"I honestly think that's what made me grab him. You run into somebody, the first thing you do is grab them."
Some have argued Qualls could have been flagged for encroachment, though the Giants weren't yet set at the line of scrimmage. Jerry said he wants an explanation from the NFL office.
"I want answers just like you all want answers," he said.
The only thing he knows for sure, though, is that the penalty was costly. On the play nullified by his penalty, Eli Manning and Paul Perkins had connected on a 7-yard pass for a first down. Backed up to 3rd-and-7 on the next play, though, the Giants failed to convert and had to settle for a field goald that gave them a 24-21 lead with 3:08 remaining.
Two Eagles field goals later - including a 61-yarder at the final buzzer - they had lost.
"It was definitely a costly penalty," Jerry said. "I feel just as bad as anybody else about that. I definitely learned a lesson from that [about] trying to get a guy running off the field. Can't do stuff like that, it's as simple as that."