New York Giants head coach Brian Daboll got heated during the first quarter of his team’s 28-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving.
And when we say heated, we mean heated.
Officials threw a questionable penalty flag on offensive lineman Tyre Phillips for being downfield illegally on Isaiah Hodgins’ 24-yard touchdown reception. The score was nullified and the Giants ended up kicking a field goal instead of going up, 7-0.
“I’m not going to get into whether I agree or not agree. They called it; obviously, the referee saw something to call it. There’s nothing we can do about it. We got to go ahead and get onto the next play. It’s a hard job that those guys have,” Daboll told reporters on Friday.
The Giants took a 13-7 lead into the tunnel at halftime that could have been 17-7. Whether that would have made much of a difference is unknown.
The Cowboys came out in the second half and scored a touchdown on each of their first three possessions to take a 28-13 lead and essentially put the Giants away, 28-20.
Although he wouldn’t address the issue publicly, it’s a safe bet that Daboll reached out to the league over the Phillips penalty and a phantom defensive holding call against cornerback Darnay Holmes.