Colts rue late penalties that keyed Browns’ dramatic win

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of controversial officiating calls within the closing minute of Sunday's Browns-Colts matchup helped arrange Cleveland's dramatic 39-38 victory and left Indianapolis questioning aloud whether or not they'd been wronged.

Cornerback Darrell Baker Jr. was on the unlucky finish of an illegal-contact penalty and, shortly after, a defensive pass-interference name that put the ball on the 1-yard line and arrange the successful landing. The illegal-contact name negated a would-be sack-fumble by Colts linebacker E.J. Speed that was recovered by Indianapolis defensive sort out DeForest Buckner. The play would have, successfully, ended the sport.

The interference name got here ultimately zone on a move that was excessive and, arguably, uncatchable. The penalties have been drawn by receivers Amari Cooper and Donovan Peoples-Jones, respectively.

“I do not agree with the penalties in any respect,” Baker mentioned. “When these balls are uncatchable, they normally throw these flags out. Particularly after they're initiating the contact with the cornerback. You possibly can put fingers on him so long as you are on the lookout for the ball. I am not impeding their [progress]. I do not know what else I might do higher on that.”

On the interference name, which occurred alongside the again line of the top zone, Baker added, “I do know [People-Jones] initiated contact with me. After which I noticed the ball within the air so if we're each hand preventing, that is all proper. And we're each on the lookout for the ball. So, I undoubtedly do not see a purpose why it is move interference.”

The interference name resulted within the ball being positioned on the 1-yard line with 33 seconds remaining. The Colts efficiently defended on the following three Cleveland performs earlier than working again Kareem Hunt scored on a tricky run on fourth-and-goal from 1 yard out with 19 seconds left.

In the end, there have been different culprits for the Colts (3-4) to level to past the pivotal pair of penalties. Quarterback Gardner Minshew threw for 305 yards however dedicated 4 turnovers. That makes eight giveaways for Minshew in his previous two begins since starter Anthony Richardson suffered a season-ending proper shoulder harm earlier this month.

Browns defensive finish Myles Garrett produced two fumbles on sacks of Minshew, together with one ultimately zone that resulted in a Cleveland landing.

“All of it comes all the way down to successful the turnover battle,” coach Shane Steichen mentioned. “We're 3-0 once we win the turnover battle. Once we do not, clearly, we have misplaced 4. We have to be higher caring for the soccer.”

Operating again Jonathan Taylor, who had 120 all-purpose yards for his finest efficiency of the season, took the same view.

“[The penalties were] a dagger since you've seen how the protection has performed and you have seen the battle and all that they've given,” he mentioned. “The perfect factor you are able to do is to not let the refs become involved within the recreation.”

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