Originally written on Pro Football Zone  |  Last updated 11/20/14

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 10: Mathias Kiwanuka #97 of the New York Giants looks to block Kris Mangum #86 of the Carolina Panthers on December 10, 2006, at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo By Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

After watching last night’s game between the Giants and Cowboys  the ont thing that stuck out to me, was that  the Giants defensive line wasn’t as dominant as they’ve been in the past.  One reason might be because of how much they were literally held by the Cowboys offensive line.

“I haven’t been held this much since I was a baby,” Giants LB//DE Mathias Kiwanuka said.

“The Giants were held, clawed and mugged. The entire Cowboys offensive line had hugged Jason Pierre-Paul so often it felt like they were on the receiving line at his wedding.

“Then, as if the schoolteachers and lawyers the NFL is inexplicably sending out there to officiate its multibillion-dollar business had been cramming the rule book between the third and fourth quarter, they discovered that this holding thing was quite illegal,” wrote Steve Politi of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Kiwanuka was trying to be empathetic about the referees as well.

“You’ve got to understand that these refs have been put in a tough situation, without having weeks, months, years to prepare like the other refs had,” he said. “It’s definitely tough to come in and pick up the nuances of the NFL. I tip my hats to them, but you notice when the real refs aren’t out there.”

The replacement officials weren’t horrible last night, but they’re not going to be as sharp as the regular refs, which is unfortunate.

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