[UPDATE 6:10 P.M.] The NFL is apparently standing by the offsides call against Dexter Lawrence on the game-altering play at the end of Thursday’s game, despite Lawrence on Friday hinting that he believed the call was incorrect.
The NFL believes the offside call on the Giants' Dexter Lawrence on Washington's missed field goal was correct, source says: "He was offside." That source says "two separate officials called it at the same time" and the accuracy of the call has been supported by video evidence.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) September 17, 2021
Dexter Lawrence took responsibility for his outcome-altering offside penalty Thursday night, saying on Friday that ‘I can’t make that mistake.” Lawrence, though, also hinted that he did not believe he was offside on a play that gave Washington’s Dustin Hopkins a second chance to kick a game-winning field goal against the New York Giants.
“I’m supposed to move when the ball moves,” said Lawrence, who was lined up right next to the Washington snapper on the play. “My job is to get off and attack whoever’s in front of me.”
See for yourself whether or not you believe Lawrence moved too soon:
Here is a second look at the play:
Never like to blame the refs but I’ll just leave this here from the “offsides” pic.twitter.com/okcghvDf7K— Greg Hayner (@ghayner7) September 17, 2021
The play was the nail in the coffin for the 0-2 Giants, the final and most costly of the myriad of miscues made by the Giants on Thursday night.
“That’s on me,” Lawrence said. “I’ve gotta be more disciplined in that time, at the end of the game like that in a critical situation. That’s why I’m on the field.”
Lawrence said he didn’t initially know he had been flagged.
“My opinion really don’t matter,” Lawrence said. “We lost the game and the refs called what they called. Just gotta move on and shake it off and get ready for next week.”
Lawrence said he didn’t lose sleep over the play.
“It’s just an unfortunate turn of events,” Lawrence said. “I like to sleep. It wasn’t hard.”