While the picture above is grainier than footage of the Loch Ness Monster, we know that the Sunday Night Football officials are offering two very different set of instructions.
At the top of your screen, head referee Jeff Triplette is signaling third down following a four-yard completion to Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon.
The clock is running inside of two minutes and no official measurement was called for, so the Redskins and Giants hustle up to the line.
At the bottom of your screen, head linesman Phil McKinley is (incorrectly) waving the chain crew to move up to mark the first down.
So what do you do?
As a member of the Redskins coaching staff, the chain gang moves the sticks and the down marker is switched to first down. Head coach Mike Shanahan is not looking for Triplette gesturing with three fingers in the air, he’s basing his play call off the official down marker.
From there, he’s going to make an aggressive play call and target tight end Fred Davis 20 yards downfield. Picking up inches on third down was understandably the furthest thing from his mind.
After the game, Triplette offered an explanation that raised as many questions as it answered.
This morning, former Vice President of Officiating in the National Football League and current Rules Analyst at FOX Sports Mike Pereira sat down with FOX Sports Live to explain the play in detail.
WARNING: Before diving in, Pereira promises, “You’re going to see that there is a major crew breakdown.” This review is not for the feint of heart:
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While you were out shopping, the Redskins were at work fine tuning the details for a Sunday night tilt against the division-rival Giants. No music played as the quarterbacks worked with receivers in the end zone. Cris Collinsworth was at Redskins Park to scout the team for NBC’s broadcast.
Here are your Black Friday practice snapshots. Read more »
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If you were anywhere near a TV or a computer in the past few days, there’s a good chance you heard “Redskins” and “Cowboys” dozens and dozens of times.
After days of hype, the two teams and rivals met on national TV last night for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” in a game that was turned out to be the NFC East championship. The winner moves on to host a playoff game; the loser goes home.
In case you forgot, the Redskins won 28-18 and will play host to the Seattle Seahawks Sunday at in the Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.
Not surprisingly, the game performed very, very well ratings-wise, according to NBC Sports. Here’s some of their tweets from this morning:
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One of the more popular aspects of NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” are its introductions of the starters during the first quarter.
Instead of simply showing a graphic listing the player’s photo, position, uniform number and college attended, NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” comes to the team’s facility in the week leading up to the game and films the starters actually saying their names and schools out loud.
The NBC crew was at Redskins Park on Thursday filming the Washington players for their introductions, and we were there to get some behind-the-scenes footage of our own.
It’s actually a pretty fascinating process.
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The world really wants to see the Redskins make the playoffs, and now there’s proof.
ESPN SportsNation is conducting a poll asking its viewers, “Which team are you rooting for in the Cowboys-Redskins game in Week 17 that will decide the NFC East title?”
As of my last check (see above), out of 190,014 votes, the Redskins have more than 138,700 votes — or 73 percent.
Only in Texas — where the Cowboys only hold a 55-percent to 45-percent lead — is Dallas the favored selection.
To participate in this poll, simply click here. There’s currently a bunch of different polls in which you can take part, so have at it.
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I’ve got some good news and some bad news.
For those of you looking for positive vibes, the Washington Redskins on Sunday will be playing their second-ever Sunday Night Football game on Dec. 30. The last time the Redskins suited up on that date in primetime was in 2001, when they scored 40 unanswered points to blow out the host New Orleans Saints, 40-10, at the Superdome.
The bad news? Washington doesn’t have the most sterling of records vs. Sunday’s opponent, the Dallas Cowboys, in Sunday Night Football games.
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