The Philadelphia Eagles are 8-1 after taking a hard-luck loss on Monday Night Football to end their run at a perfect season. It was sloppy. It was uncharacteristic. It was below their so-called standard. And it was a game filled with questionable calls from the zebras.

The one miscue that stung hardest happened in the final 1:45 when Brandon Graham was flagged for an unnecessary roughness penalty. The 15-yard infraction cost them a first down after Haason Reddick had dropped Taylor Heinicke for a sack on 3rd-and-7. The Eagles would have gotten the ball back with a chance to win it. Not after Graham’s brain freeze.

“For me, I was going to make up for it by what I do next week, by how I respond,” Graham told reporters. “So, I’m going to take that one on the chin, of course we’re all gonna flush it and move on. But I’m definitely gonna take that one and next time make sure I don’t let the team down in a situation like that again.”

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The situation was a complicated one. Graham came sliding in behind Reddick to make sure Heinicke was down on the ground and put just enough body weight on the Commanders quarterback to slightly jar his head into the turf. The refs are going to call that every time even if the contact was minimal due to the league’s well-stated emphasis on concussions.

Graham refused to blame the refs or question the legitimacy of the call. It should be noted that Heinicke jumped right up after the extra nudge. He was unharmed.

“We can’t put the game in the ref’s hands,” Graham said. “In that position I just gotta know, if he go down it’s okay. For me, I was just hustling to the play, just trying to make sure he was down and just trying to get off the field. I was just trying to touch him, touch him down, because it just looked like he was going to get up, but you just never know. But that’s on me. I’m going to own that one.”

Brandon Graham goes into detail as he discusses the rough call that ended the game:

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