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NFL: 'Washington Redskins game should've been stopped'

A view inside Ralph Wilson Stadium during a football game between the Washington Redskins and the Buffalo Bills on October 19, 2003
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The NFL speaks out about an officiating mistake during Washington Redskins defeat to New York Giants on Sunday.

The NFL has spoken out about an officiating mistake during Washington Redskins defeat to New York Giants, saying that the game should've been stopped to prevent a miscommunication between the officials and the teams.

Redskins were seven down and thought they'd received a call for first downs, with the stakes being set incorrectly by the sideline officials. However, having made their play and failed, the referee called for fourth downs.

"In this situation where there is obvious confusion as to the status of the down, play should have been stopped prior to third down and the correct down communicated to both clubs," read an NFL statement.

"This should have occurred regardless of the fact that Washington had no timeouts and it was inside two minutes."

The Redskins went on to lose the game and officially miss out on playoff contention. It is unclear whether any of the officials involved will be fined for their mistakes on Sunday.

A general view of the goal post against the blue sky as the Denver Broncos host the San Diego Chargers during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on November 22, 200
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