Was it a fake? Was it a flop? Was it a fugazi?
Perrish Cox on Tuesday said there were three reasons the pass-interference call he drew on Saints tight end Jimmy Graham – still controversial in some circles – at the end of regulation Sunday was legitimate.
The first is that Cox is nursing a bruise on the back of his right hip he sustained when he hit the turf on the play. Cox got up slowly afterward and likely will be listed on the 49ers' practice report beginning Wednesday.
The second and stronger reason was that it would have been awfully reckless to count on the officiating crew to throw a flag in that situation.
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The third and perhaps best reason? Cox was hoping for another interception. He has four on the season, which leads San Francisco and is tied for third in the league. He's also a free agent at the end of the season and would love to bolster his numbers.
"I was mad because I was focusing on another pick,” he said. “I wasn't even thinking of flopping."
Graham came down with the ball in the end zone for what would have been his third touchdown of the game. Afterward, he complained that he merely put “two fingers” on Cox before the cornerback hit the deck.
"They want to call it a flop, be my guest,” Cox said. “The game's over."
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