The way Taylor Heinicke quickly popped back up and begged the refs for a flag on Monday night remains a talking point two days later. It sure looked like the Washington Commanders quarterback was vying for an Oscar on the play. And he was rewarded thanks to a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Brandon Graham that iced the game.

Heinicke was all smiles in his post-game interviews while admitting he baited the Eagles into taking a bad penalty. The play called for him to hit Terry McLaurin on a slant, but he didn’t immediately see his top target open so he tucked it and took the sack. Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Haason Reddick covered him up, then Graham slid into the frame and clipped him late, just enough to draw a flag. That was it. Game over.

“I was not going to throw it unless he [McLaurin] was wide open,” Heinicke said. “I didn’t want anything crazy to happen and when I took that knee and I saw them still coming at me I was hoping they would hit me and they did. It was a mistake on their end and we’ll live with it.”

“I saw (Brandon) Graham coming in and I was like ‘Please hit me’” – Taylor Heinicke on the final play

— Crossing Broad (@CrossingBroad) November 16, 2022

Head referee Alex Kemp clarified what happened on the late-hit call in an interview with pool reporter Zach Berman. He deemed Heinicke a defenseless player as soon as he went down.

“That was my call. I had ruled the quarterback had clearly given himself up,” Kemp said. “Therefore, he is down and a defenseless player. The contact by Philadelphia No. 55 was not only late but also to the head and neck area.”

Jason Kelce Not Blaming Refs for Tough Loss

It would be easy to sit and sulk following the Eagles’ 32-21 loss. They were the victims of several questionable calls from the zebras, none more mind-boggling than a missed face mask on Dallas Goedert. He will miss “extended time” after picking up a shoulder injury on the play.

so glad the refs were in place to throw the flag for hitting heinicke who got up and celebrated but not goedert who was actually seriously injured


— drew (@Dcorrigan50) …read more



Commanders QB Taylor Heinicke Has Blunt Admission on Late Eagles Hit

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