Joe Judge forgot that you can’t challenge scoring plays and NFL fans roasted him for it


Joe Judge might only be in his second season as an NFL head coach, but he’s been around the NFL for nearly a decade. Because he is a Football Guy, it’s likely that he will be able to understand the rules.

All scoring plays in the NFL are automatically reviewed — it’s something that has been around since the 2011 season (Judge’s first year with the Patriots was 2012). The challenge flag cannot be thrown on scoring plays and it will cost the team a timeout.

Judge briefly forgot about this rule during Sunday’s Week 1 matchup of the Giants with Broncos.

After Albert Okwuegbunam tried to reach for the Denver touchdown pylon, Judge didn’t wait for the play’s automatic review. The challenge flag was thrown by Okwuegbunam, and Judge stood there, confused, as he explained to the officiating crew that he had just lost the half.

Joe Judge challenged a TD and lost a timeout for doing so pic.twitter.com/sIung2ispn

— Alex. (@dubs4o8) September 12, 2021

As you can see, it was clearly a touchdown. Okwuegbunam did not leave the bounds and reached a pylon. It was a coaching error that shouldn’t have happened. That rule has been around for 10 years.

Giants fan didn’t respond well to the error.

Joe Judge just tried to challenge a scoring play and now has to run a lap around the stadium

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) September 12, 2021

joe judge throwing the challenge flag on a scoring play and getting charged a TO for it is peak giants https://t.co/RfZfdsfIFj

— Samantha Previte (@SamanthaNFL) September 12, 2021

Big-time mistake for Joe Judge there. You can’t contest a scoring play. This has been the case for many years. Second-half timeouts can be very costly. The #Giants have been outcoached in all three key phases so far if we’re being honest about this: HC, OC, DC.

— Dan Schneier (@DanSchneierNFL) September 12, 2021

Joe Judge unsure when he can or cannot throw a challenge flag, is the most basic Belichick coaching tree thing that you can do.

— Michael Kist (@MichaelKistNFL) September 12, 2021

just did that

— Taylor Rooks (@TaylorRooks) September 12, 2021

I don’t know what Joe Judge was trying to do there trying to challenge. All scores have been reviewed and he was clearly in.

Cost his group a TO.

— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) September 12, 2021

Take a lap Joe Judge. Are you familiar with the rules of got dam?

— Mr. Chicken aka Cabernet Papi (@5on_it) September 12, 2021

The Giants believe Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunamo is out of bounds, so Joe Judge challenges him.

One problem: You cannot challenge a scoring play. They are automatically reviewed. Judge is given a timeout by his team. https://t.co/97HEpXEkOV

— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) September 12, 2021

joe judge challenging a scoring play. Football guy stuff.

— Robby Kalland (@RKalland) September 12, 2021

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