Atlanta Falcons All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones was incredulous after his team’s 26-24 loss to Seattle on Sunday.
“That was crazy,” said Jones, who then flashed a quizzical look.
He confirmed what replays tended to show and the NFL officials ignored: he was interfered with by Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman on a fourth-and-10 with the game on the line.
“I had a seam route on the play,” Jones said. “It was fourth down. Matt (Ryan) just threw the ball up and gave me an opportunity to make a play on the ball. We desperately needed it to try to go down there, first all of all to get the first down and potentially get a field goal.”
Jones almost made the catch one-handed, but the ball hit the ground.
“Before I took off, he grabbed my right side and spun me around before I jumped up,” Jones said. “It was just a missed call.”
The Falcons’ sideline was celebrating at first and then coach Dan Quinn was screaming after officials for the no-call.
The NFL does not review pass interference calls.
Jones didn’t want to dwell on the call.
“It’s over with,” Jones said. “It’s done. We are on to the next one right now.”
When Sherman was asked if he felt his team got away with one, he had a succinct reply.
“No,” Sherman said. “I felt like we won the ballgame.”