NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino, in a statement obtained by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport, said officials should have stopped play to correct the down and distance and communicated the mistake to both teams.
Predictably, one man would have been ticked had the refs stopped play.
"Let's face it: They don't have any timeouts, the clock is moving. That should have been straightened out in the first place, but it wasn't,'' Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday. "There's a lot of things going on out there, and the referee allowed that the game would continue to play and then made the correction. We would have been upset had the clock been stopped, sure we would have. Not that it would have made a difference, but we would have.''
NFL referees have been under heavy scrutiny for missed calls throughout the 2013 season.
Several additional coaches had discussions with the league office regarding the refs' performance Sunday.
» Of course, not everyone is upset with the officials this season:
Jerry Jones: "Since Ive been in the NFL for 25 yrs we've never had the skill, the training and the quality officials that we have right now"â Jon Machota (@jonmachota) December 3, 2013