The game had no bearing in the standings, so we can laugh about the comical ongoings we've seen thus far. But as the regular season nears, I fear we may be in for more moments like the one below.
Last night in the second quarter, the officials showed their ineptitude and inexperience during a punt play in which several penalties were called. Only problem was they had no idea what they were, which team they were on and the players who committed them. It took approximately five minutes for them to sort it all out.
Here's how it looks in the boxscore:
4-7-NYG 20 (6:26) S.Weatherford punts 62 yards to NE 18, Center-Z.DeOssie, downed by NYG-J.Tryon.Dante Hughes, who the illegal shift was called on, is never mentioned by the officials. Neither is Isaiah Stanback, who apparently was the player who grabbed a face mask. That penalty was declined by the Pats, another tidbit the ref left out in his explanation.
Penalty on NYG, Face Mask (15 Yards), declined. PENALTY on NYG-D.Hughes, Illegal Shift, 5 yards, enforced at NYG 20 - No Play. (6:08)