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New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson said he called the timeout before Geno Smith threw a game-tying touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. Trailing 31-24 in the fourth quarter, Smith threw a 36-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-four, but it was called back because the Jets called timeout before the snap.

By SI Wire
September 15, 2014

New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson said he called the timeout before Geno Smith threw a game-tying touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers, NJ.com's Darryl Slater reports.

Trailing 31-24 in the fourth quarter, Smith threw a 36-yard touchdown on a fourth-and-four, but it was called back because the Jets called timeout before the snap. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's appeals for a timeout were not granted, and Richardson admits he made the call to the referee.

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“I saw Marty calling the timeout and I was into the game,” Richardson said. “I knew it was crunch time. I didn’t know if he wanted the timeout or not. I just knew he called it. I helped him out a little bit. I whispered in the referee’s ear ‘timeout,’ and he called it before the ball was thrown. It’s just bad timing on my part. I feel like I let the team down. It just happens when you’re into the game like that, though.”

NFL rules state a timeout can only be called by the head coach or a player on the field.

While the Jets did get a first-down on the next play, they were not able to score a game-tying touchdown and ultimately lost the game. The Jets fell to 1-1 on the season and will play the Chicago Bears next Monday night.

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