Receiver Santana Moss caught what he thought was the game-tying 5-yard touchdown with 75 seconds remaining in the Redskins’ 34-27 loss to New England on Sunday. After the referee signaled touchdown, he noticed a penalty flag on the ground. Moss assumed it was for pass interference on Patriots defensive back Julian Edelman.
He was wrong.
Officials penalized him for pushing off of Edelman. The touchdown was taken off the board, and two plays later, Rex Grossman’s pass went through Moss’ hands and into linebacker Jerod Mayo’s for the game-clinching interception.
Afterward, Moss fumed about the call. Here are his comments in their entirety.
Q: What happened on the offensive pass interference play?
A: “I don’t know. I’ve been playing this game a long time, and I’m still finding it hard to believe it’s alright for somebody to mug us at five yards, but we can’t get the guy off us. So they called pass interference on me. How can I get open if a guy can put his hands on me, and if I put my hands back on him, you feel me? It just is stuff that’s been going on for years. We’re wrong when we do it, but they’re OK. That’s’ the rule, I guess.”
Q: Are officials consistent with that call?
A: “Honestly, to tell you the truth, all day the guy been mugging me. Every time I tried to go around him, I’m getting pulled. So I said, ‘OK, I’m not going to go around. I’m going to go at him.’ And if you’re standing still and I’m coming at you, of course we’re going to collide. And that’s what happened. We collide. He didn’t move, and we collided, and I broke off and I collided. Pass interference on me. But if it’s vice versa, it’s good coverage by them.
“You could see it all through the game. If I just went around him and let him grab me, oh, I’m covered because he’s going to grab me and they’re not going to call nothing because he can do it and then he’s going to hold on for 10 yards and they’re going to go, “Well, you’re not getting the ball, so he’s not holding.’ So it’s just one of those situations. It sucks. I’m pissed off right now. I guess you can see that. It’s been going on, so I guess it’s something I should have been used to.”
Q: Were you surprised they penalized you?
A: “I was surprised, but I thought they were going to call it on him. I didn’t know what was going on. We don’t get no calls around here, man. You guys have been covering us for a long time, you guys see what goes on out there. We blow our breath on one of the doggone guys over there and it’s a penalty. Our quarterback get killed, and we almost hit somebody else’s quarterback and we get flagged. So it’s a lot of stuff that goes on. We got to play against a team and the refs.”