Sunday’s showdown between the Atlanta Falcons and the Seattle Seahawks ended with some serious controversy. The Falcons trailed by 2 in the waning moments of the game. Matt Ryan threw a ball to Julio Jones, who couldn’t catch it because of some pretty blatant pass interference. There was no call, and instead of being able to kick a field goal to win the game, the Falcons lost.
Falcons fans were rightfully furious. But one person who kept his cool about the situation was Julio Jones. When asked about the play in a post game interview with ESPN, here’s what he said:
Jones was asked if he thought he was interfered with on the play.
“I do,” he said. “Before I took off, [Sherman] grabbed my right side and spun me around before I jumped up. But it was just a missed call. It’s over with. It’s done. We’re on to the next right now.”
“That’s not my job,” Jones said. “If they make the call, they make the call. If they don’t, they don’t. That’s not me to coach them up on officiating the game. The only thing I can do is go out there and do my job.”
Sherman countered that by arguing that there were missed offensive pass interference calls earlier in the game.
“I mean, I thought there was interference on offense on a few plays, and they didn’t get it,” Sherman said. “So it was just one of those games. They let us play.”
Asked if he thought he got away with one, Sherman said, “No, I feel like we won the ballgame.”
Sherman may be correct, but two wrongs don’t make a right and that doesn’t undo the fact that the Falcons lost because of his pass interference. At least Julio is ready to get back on the horse and win the next one.