The latest twist in the "did he or didn't he" saga involving New York Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence allegedly jumping offside and gifting Washington Football Team kicker Dustin Hopkins a second opportunity to convert a game-winning field goal comes from the NFL.
According to Mark Maske of The Washington Post, a source claims the NFL says the offsides call was correct:
The NFL believes the offside call on the Giants' Dexter Lawrence on Washington's missed field goal was correct, source says: "He was offside." That source says "two separate officials called it at the same time" and the accuracy of the call has been supported by video evidence.— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) September 17, 2021
Source says the NFL believes the offside call was supported by "the power of Hawk-Eye tech." https://t.co/hYCYHC1ghV— MarkMaske (@MarkMaske) September 17, 2021
A combination of respected reporters, angry Giants fans and curious observers took multiple looks at the play in question and said they were certain Lawrence jumped right as the ball was snapped and, thus, committed no penalty. If they are correct, the Giants should've won the game following Hopkins' missed initial attempt.
A full-blown controversy was sparked in the eyes of some when former Giants kicker and two-time Super Bowl champion Lawrence Tynes took to Twitter to say a Big Blue source told him the coaches film shows Lawrence did not jump early.
In the end, opinions on the subject don't matter. The Washington players got a first win of the season they feel they deserved, and the Giants are at 0-2 and left looking for anything positive during a long wait ahead of a home game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sept. 26.