"That's a touchdown play and way after the fact here it (the penalty flag) comes," Carroll said. "They (officials) saw something and whether it was legit, I don't know. In this game, those calls are magnified and they play a big role. I kind of hope they were right. I hope they made the right choices on those things because it's pretty hard to live with otherwise."
"It's disappointing for sure," Whitehurst said. "We definitely had a chance to win the game and we didn't do it. We couldn't convert and I couldn't hit some guys when they were open. It was a tough day on offense."
Even Whitehurst's longest completion was, well, incomplete.
Rolling to his right in the third quarter, Whitehurst hit wide receiver Sidney Rice wide open near the sideline. All Rice had to do was catch the ball and waltz into the end zone, but he stumbled after making the grab and went out of bounds at Cleveland's 9-yard line.
"On my turn, I didn't realize how close I was to the sideline," Rice said. "I was trying to get some extra yards and I went out of bounds."
"They said he led with his head, you can't do that," said Carroll, careful not to blame the officials. "It looked like Kam tried not to do that and get his head to the side and then actually wrapped him up and threw him down. You guys had a better look than I had, so I don't know what to tell you about that."
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