As the Carolina Panthers deal with a pending ownership change, week 15 in the NFL was full of questionable calls by officials.
Panthers owner Jerry Richardson is selling the team after the NFL began an investigation into allegations of workplace misconduct against him.
The Panthers got a controversial touchdown in Sunday’s 31-24 win over the Packers and Green Bay will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
The Jacksonville Jaguars, on the other hand, are back in the postseason for the first time since 2007.
The Rams are also looking at a return to the postseason after a blowout win over the Seahawks in Seattle. It has been a tough year for the Giants and Texans, who have nothing to play for over the final two weeks.
Here’s the latest edition of “He Said What?!”
– Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the workplace misconduct allegations against Richardson: “I’m very sad. Jerry is one of the really, really, really outstanding men of football that I’ve ever met, and I really admire him. I know that he made it the old-fashioned way. He worked for it… I’m really sad. I want all of those kind of men we can have in the National Football League.”
– Jaguars owner Shad Khan on his team clinching a playoff berth for the first time since 2007: “I’ve been through life when I was a laughing stock, whatever business I was in – auto parts or what have you. You have to stay with it. Success comes. It’s a story of perseverance.”
– NFL official Gene Steratore on using a folded piece of paper as part of measuring for a first down in the Cowboys’ win over the Raiders: “That was already finished. The ball was touching the pole. I put the card in there and as soon as it touched, it was nothing more than a reaffirmation. The decision was made based on my visual from the top looking down and the ball touching the front of the pole.”
– Raiders coach Jack Del Rio on the strange use of paper by Steratore: “Nothing really surprises you after 32 years, but that was unusual.”
– Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on the 42-7 loss to the Rams: “I wasn’t happy with anything. There was nothing about that game. We avoided getting shut out. We scored a touchdown. No, there was nothing to be happy about. That was a really dismal performance by us.”
– Seahawks safety Earl Thomas on whether injured linebacker Bobby Wagner should have played Sunday against the Rams: “You’ve got to give your hats off to Wags and a couple guys that played, but my personal opinion, I don’t think they should have played. I think the backups would have did just as good.”
– Giants quarterback Eli Manning on noise made by Eagles fans at MetLife Stadium: “You don’t think that would happen at home, but I guess when you only win two games you got a lot of Eagles fans and we couldn’t hear the cadence. That’s why we jumped offsides.”
– Texans coach Bill O’Brien on rumours he could resign: “I will never quit as the head football coach of the Houston Texans. Ever… I’ll never resign as the head football coach of the Houston Texans. So, that’s basically where that’s at, and I don’t know where these – I didn’t even read the story, I was told about it a little bit. So, I’m not sure where they come from… I don’t know where those things come from.”
– Panthers quarterback Cam Newton on Damiere Byrd’s questionable touchdown against the Packers: “I guess it pays to have little [butt] cheeks.”
– Buccaneers coach Dirk Koetter on containing Julio Jones only to have Falcons running back Devonta Freeman go off for a big night: “We had 10 guys on [Jones] and it made it tough to tackle Freeman with only one guy left.”