Jamison Crowder had plenty to be proud of following the Redskins’ 27-20 win against Philadelphia at FedEx Field, including the touchdown pass that the second-year wide receiver caught in the corner of the end zone to jump start the scoring late in the first quarter.
But in the locker room afterward, one statistic gnawed at Crowder: The lone carry for a nine-yard loss that stood beside his name.
Crowder had taken a handoff from running back Chris Thompson on a reverse and appeared to be tackled by Eagles linebacker Mychal Kendricks. But Crowder’s knee never hit the turf, and he regained his footing and kept running. Officials signaled him down at the point of the tackle. And although the replay on the stadium’s oversize scoreboard showed Crowder wasn’t down, the call wasn’t reviewable under NFL rules.
“I knew I wasn’t down,” Crowder said afterward. “They showed it on the big screen; you could see I wasn’t down. It kind of sucks they got me one rush for minus-nine yards! They owe me one.”
The Eagles had pulled within seven points, trailing 14-7, just minutes before on Wendell Smallwood’s 86-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
The nine-yard loss on the reverse brought up a second and 19 on the Washington 41. And Crowder erupted (though not to the point of drawing a flag) after catching a 21-yard pass from quarterback Kirk Cousins for a first down on the next play.
“I just try to hype myself up a little bit,” Crowder said. “We needed a little spark, a little bit of momentum, so I try to hype myself up and hype the team up.”
The drive ended, however, when a Cousins throw intended for tight end Vernon Davis was intercepted by safety Malcolm Jenkins, who ran it back 64 yards to tie the score at 14.
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