Rule Explanation from the New York Giants-Arizona Cardinals Game

In Sunday’s game between the New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals, the Giants faced a 1st-and-10 from the Arizona 48 with 3:10 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Victor Cruz for a 19-yard gain.

Referee Jerome Boger announced the following:

“The ruling on the previous play was that the receiver gave himself up by going to the ground.  That cannot be challenged.  So there is no challenge allowed by Arizona.  It is first down, New York.”

The applicable rule in the 2011 NFL Rule Book is found on page 35.

Rule 7, Section 2, Article 1 states that “An official shall declare the ball dead and the down ended: (e): when a runner is out of bounds, or declares himself down by falling to the ground, or kneeling, and making no effort to advance.”

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