FEDEX FIELD — It looked like Colt McCoy was going to get a legitimate shot to complete a wild comeback and cap an unforgettable day against the Texans, but a questionable call prevented that from happening.
On a 3rd-and-5 right after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter, the Redskins defense took down Deshaun Watson short of the line to gain. It looked like the unit had done their job in forcing Houston to kick a field goal, and that McCoy would get the ball back with more than a minute and a half, plus a timeout, to work with.
But refs threw a late flag from the opposite side of the field and ruled that Josh Norman had held DeAndre Hopkins. That led to a fresh set of downs for the Texans and they ultimately ran another minute off of the clock.
Here's the play, which occurred on the right sideline as Watson was rolling to his left:
After the flag, Norman was quite animated with officials. In the locker room following the contest, he was less animated but still upset and confused.
"It is what it is, you know?" he said. "You play defense. Those plays, gosh, man. You just gotta shake your head."
"We're going at each other," Norman continued. "He ran a out and up on top of it, high shoulder. Play was over, it went to the other side, and then I stopped and turned around and look and see the yellow flag."
The corner, who said it's "always tough" being a defender in today's NFL, was asked to relay the conversation he had with the ref who called the penalty. He chose not to.
"I think I said everything I said on the field to him, so, to repeat that, I think I'm gonna take a pass."
Ka'imi Fairbairn did eventually end up missing his field goal after Washington's defense held up again, but by that point, the 'Skins had used their final timeout and were working with significantly less time. In the end, Dustin Hopkins had to attempt a desperate 60-plus yard field goal that didn't even reach the uprights.
Plenty went on at FedEx Field in the Week 11 matchup, including a season-changing injury and a slew of turnovers. But one can't help but wonder if the outcome would've been different than what it ended up being had there been no call against Norman.
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