Washington defensive end Chase Young was called for what might be the worst roughing the passer penalty of the year on Sunday — if not the worst penalty, period.
The call against Young came in the third quarter of Sunday’s game against the Falcons, in which they had the ball with a 23-22 lead. Young is seen shoving Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan up high — not nearly hard enough to bring him to the ground or dislodge the ball. Ryan’s pass was intercepted on the play, but replay shows Ryan’s knee actually hit the turf after the glancing blow from Young, which should have resulted in a timely sack for Washington on fourth-and-2.
Instead, the penalty resulted in a free 15 yards for the home team, giving them a fresh set of downs at the Washington 27. Atlanta went on to score a touchdown, taking a 30-22 lead with 14:52 remaining in the fourth quarter.
Here is the play in question:
If Young had hit Ryan harder, officials might not have mistaken it as roughing on the defensive end. This isn’t the first time Young has been called for a controversial roughing the passer penalty, either: He had the same call after tackling Daniel Jones against the Giants on “Thursday Night Football” after putting his full weight on him.
Once again, Twitter was none too pleased with the call:
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