Ref gives unusual explanation for delay of game penalty in Eagles-Steelers game

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By , Audacy

Well, this is a new one.

Referee Clete Blakeman had a rather unusual explanation for a delay of game penalty during Sunday’s game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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It happened in the first quarter with the Steelers lining up to kick a field goal when Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham was flagged for a delay of game.

So, how did a defensive player get called for a delay of game? This is where things got interesting for Blakeman:

“A move not necessary and unlike football,” even Blakeman cracked a smile realizing how ridiculous that sounded it.

So, what exactly was it that Graham did?

According to For The Win’s Christian D’Andrea, Graham was apparently yelling out fake snap cadences before the field goal attempt to try and get the Steelers to jump offsides.

The penalty proved costly, at the moment, as it moved the Steelers up to about a yard-and-a-half out of the goal line, so they decided to go for it instead and scored a touchdown to tie the game.

It was short lived, however, because Jalen Hurts and AJ Brown were simply on one in the first half.

Nevertheless, we now know what a “not necessary and unlike football” move is.

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