NFL officials during Thursday night’s game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints were criticized for a bad call against Saints tight end Garrett Griffin and, according to a report, the league is taking responsibility for the bad officiating – this time.
The NFL “privately acknowledged” to the Saints that the costly blindside block penalty against Griffin, which resulted in an 11-yard loss, should not have been called, the NFL Network reported Saturday.
The call was made in the third quarter when Griffin ran to block Dallas cornerback Jayron Kearse, who was blitzing toward Taysom Hill.
New Orleans would’ve secured a much-needed first down, but refs called Griffin for an illegal blindside block – a call social media users deemed one of the worst calls in a game.
The Saints would lose a fifth straight game for the first time since 2005, the season before coach Sean Payton took over in New Orleans.
“It’s very frustrating. It’s unfamiliar territory for us,” Hill said. “This is my fifth year and I haven’t experienced anything like this since I’ve been a Saint.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.