Vikings star tried to get coach's attention for a challenge.
Percy Harvin (12) wasn’t able to get coach Leslie Frazier’s attention to challenge the ruling that Harvin was stopped inches short of the goal line on third-and-2 with the Vikings trailing by 10 points and under five minutes left in Sunday’s 24-14 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
ATLANTA - For what it's worth, Percy Harvin agrees with all of you who think he crossed the goal line.
Unfortunately for the Vikings and their fans -- many of whom rushed to Twitter to express their angst -- Harvin wasn't able to get coach Leslie Frazier's attention to challenge the ruling that Harvin was stopped inches short of the goal line on third-and-2 with the Vikings trailing by 10 points and under five minutes left in Sunday's 24-14 loss to the Falcons at the Georgia Dome.
"I was trying to tell Coach to hurry up and challenge it," Harvin said. "But he had a million things going through his head at the time, so I moved on to the next play."
The next play essentially ended the game when Toby Gerhart was dropped for a 2-yard loss when strong side linebacker Sean Weatherspoon rushed untouched over the left side and hit Gerhart in the backfield. The Falcons took over on downs with 4 minutes, 16 seconds left and ran out the clock as the Vikings joined the 1961 expansion team as the only team in franchise history to start 2-9.
Vikings offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said he didn't see the replay and was unaware that Harvin was trying to get the coaches to throw the challenge flag.
"I know [coaches in the press box] always have a keen eye on the field," Musgrave said. "There's a lot going on at that stage [on the field], and we're all trying to pull in the same direction and get in the end zone on the next play."
The Vikings started the drive at the Atlanta 3-yard line after a 104-yard kickoff return by Harvin. Quarterback Christian Ponder rolled right and was sacked for a 2-yard loss on first down. Musgrave then called three consecutive power-dive plays, the first two by Harvin, a receiver who's powerful beyond his 184 pounds.
In hindsight, Musgrave said he should have called something different on fourth down.
"We got some bootleg [plays] down there [on the goal line]," Musgrave said. "Looking back on it, I would have loved to have called one of those other than the play that we did call."
On the fourth-down play, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe is supposed to block down, while the left side of the line doubles the tackle and the backside guard [Joe Berger] pulls and kicks out Weatherspoon.
"[Weatherspoon] came upfield so fast that there was no chance for that play to work," Gerhart said. "It was a great play call for [Atlanta]."
Gerhart had a rough day in his third NFL start. Replacing the injured Adrian Peterson, who missed the game because of a high left ankle sprain, Gerhart was limited to 44 yards on 17 carries (2.6 average). Six of his carries went for no gain and the last one was the 2-yard loss.
Overall, the Vikings averaged a season-low 2.7 yards per carry. Their 64 yards rushing was the second-lowest total of the season behind the 53 they ran for at Chicago.
Had the Vikings been credited with a 65th yard on Harvin's controversial run, who knows what might have happened.
"One of [the officials] ran up to me and he was about to put his hands up for a touchdown, but two from the side came up and said, 'No,'" Harvin said. "So I don't think they got a good look at it."
Frustrated Vikings fans obviously agreed with that.
|Tennessee||12/18/14 7:25 PM|
|Philadelphia||12/20/14 3:30 PM|
|San Diego||12/20/14 7:25 PM|
|Minnesota||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Baltimore||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Detroit||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Cleveland||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Atlanta||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Green Bay||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|Kansas City||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|New England||12/21/14 12:00 PM|
|NY Giants||12/21/14 3:05 PM|
|Buffalo||12/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Indianapolis||12/21/14 3:25 PM|
|Seattle||12/21/14 7:30 PM|
|Denver||12/22/14 7:30 PM|
|Memphis||102||2nd OT 5:00|
|Houston||26||2nd Qtr 11:37|
|Indiana||35||2nd Qtr 8:14|
|Dallas||1||2nd Prd 17:01|
|Stephen F Austin||66|
|New Mexico St||55||FINAL|
|San Diego St||57||1st OT|
|Northeastern||40||2nd Half 10:17|
|Central Arkansas||34||2nd Half 17:10|
|Howard||27||2nd Half 15:30|
|Portland||29||1st Half 3:18|
|CS-Northridge||5||1st Half 16:08|
|Grambling St||3||1st Half 15:19|
|Nevada||12/20/14 10:00 AM|
|Utah State||12/20/14 1:20 PM|
|(23) Utah||12/20/14 2:30 PM|
|Western Mich||12/20/14 4:45 PM|
|South Alabama||12/20/14 8:15 PM|
|BYU||12/22/14 1:00 PM|
|Marshall||12/23/14 5:00 PM|
|Navy||12/23/14 8:30 PM|
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|Central Mich||12/24/14 11:00 AM|
|Fresno State||12/24/14 7:00 PM|
|(21) Miss State||66||FINAL|
|(1) South Carolina||69||FINAL|
|Fla Gulf Coast||91||FINAL|
|Sam Houston St||51|
|North Texas||22||2nd Half 15:58|