Elvis Dumervil didn't see it in real time, but heard all about the ending to last night's game between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions, a finish that hits home for the Ravens' star outside linebacker.
Three weeks ago, Dumervil took a costly, 15-yard facemask penalty on a bizarre final play of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a play that set up kicker Jason Myers' 53-yard, game-winning field goal on an untimed final down.
On Thursday in Detroit, Lions defensive end Devin Taylor fell to a similar fate, when after several laterals in an effort to extend a game in which the Lions led 23-21, his hand got enough of Packers' quarterback Aaron Rodgers' face mask to warrant a flag. Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary for the game-winning touchdown.
"I watched the first half, and I was like 'Man, this is a blowout,' so I went to sleep," Dumervil said. "I came in this morning, watched during breakfast and I just saw an incredible throw, Hail Mary by Aaron Rodgers.
"Then I saw the penalty. It's crazy. I feel for that guy. I know how he feels, and I think actually, if I'm correct, he had like two sacks the first half. It's tough."
Both Dumervil and Taylor had two sacks in their respective games, and both had legitimate gripes that they shouldn't have been put in that position. The NFL said after the Ravens-Jaguars game that the Jaguars players were not set and the play should have been whistled dead, causing the game to end.
Taylor only momentarily got his hand on Rodgers' face mask, and though he grabbed the quarterback's collar, was flagged anyway. The NFL's vice president of officiating, Dean Blandino, said that penalty will almost always be called when seen in real time.
"It [stinks], man," Dumervil said. "You don't want to be in that situation like that. It's incredible. You play hard, and I know as a pass rusher, man, you just try to go out and help your team make a play. Sometimes, the cost of doing business hurts you. Hopefully he can learn from it and move on. That's my advice to him."