The Jacksonville Jaguars defeated the Indianapolis Colts 6-0 on Sunday. But the final play of the game was not without controversy.
With time expiring, the Colts were driving for a potential game-winning touchdown. Andrew Luck hit Erik Swoope on an out route. Jalen Ramsey hit Swoope, who fell out of bounds. But the official ruled that Swoope’s forward progress had stopped and therefore, the clock should run.
Last play of Colts-Jags game. So I guess they ruled that forward progress stopped inbounds and kept the clock running? pic.twitter.com/yRq4IzkTot
— Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) December 2, 2018
Time ran out before the Colts could get another snap.
Many people on Twitter weren’t exactly buying that ruling.
— Warren Sidwell (@Warren_Sidwell) December 2, 2018
Erik Swoope was definitely out of bounds.
Colts should have had 3 seconds left.
— Kevin Bowen (@KBowen1070) December 2, 2018
Colts really should get another snap…that's absurd
— Mike Clay (@MikeClayNFL) December 2, 2018
The Colts were robbed. Can we not get competent officiating in the NFL???
— Marcus Mosher (@Marcus_Mosher) December 2, 2018
J O B B E D.
— Darth Blount 47 (@DarthBlount47) December 2, 2018
Colts got totally screwed. Guy was tossed OUT of bounds. Refs say keep clock going. What a terrible call. Why can’t they review that?
— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) December 2, 2018
Beyond horrendous call at end of Jags and Colts game.
— Adam Schein (@AdamSchein) December 2, 2018
Colts were an absolute mess today. Deserved to lose, but didn’t deserve to get hosed on that last play. Swoope was out of bounds.
— Brett Sprunger (@the_spru) December 2, 2018
The #Colts may have still lost this game but they should have at least had another play. To have a ref end it like that is really upsetting. Given it was Ramsey, who should’ve been ejected for punching TY in the throat, makes it even worse.
— Stephen Reed (@NiceReedSteve) December 2, 2018
In the end, it’s certainly hard to say that this one play cost the Colts the game. But Luck going for the end zone on one final play would have been fun to see.
It’ll be interesting to hear what the NFL has to say about this in the coming days.