Chargers' Brandon Staley wants 'ruling' after Browns push Austin Ekeler into the end zone to get ball back

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One of the wildest video games of the 2021 NFL season had a strange ending, showcasing how crucial it remains in the league to have the ball last. With under 2 minutes to play, the Cleveland Browns understood they had no opportunity to beat the Los Angeles Chargers unless they let them rating. 

Here lies the issue — the Chargers didn’t wish to rating (a minimum of not till there were just a couple of seconds left on the clock). 

The Browns were leading 42-41 with 1:38 to play and no timeouts entrusted to the Chargers having a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line. All Los Angeles needed to do was run the clock down and kick a chip shot basket as time ended for the win. The Browns made certain that basket never ever came. 

Austin Ekeler got the bring and was stacked at the line, however Browns protectors pressed the running back into goal for ball game — which ended up being the winning rating — all for a chance to get the ball back. The Chargers took a 47-42 lead with 1:31 left and stopped working to transform the two-point effort, offering Cleveland a chance to win the video game in the last seconds. 

Cleveland didn’t win the video game and fell 47-42, however they provided themselves an opportunity for the win by pressing Ekeler in for ball game. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is still not sure if the play was legal. 

“I have to get the ruling there. It was my interpretation you couldn’t get pulled in,” Staley stated after the video game. “You can see that Austin is clearly trying to go down. I feel like I need to get an interpretation on that. I certainly didn’t try to go in on that one.” 

Staley likewise informed Ekeler not to enter into completion zone and even stated he might have had Justin Herbert take a knee because circumstance. The Chargers were attempting to keep the ball till a couple of seconds were delegated kick the winning basket. 

The Browns foiled those strategies. Herbert might not do anything however tip his cap to them. 

“That’s one of those situations where we instructed him not to go into the end zone, and he did a great job of stepping up and giving himself up before the end zone,” Herbert stated. “The Browns grabbed him and brought him into the end zone. That’s a smart play by them. That’s something that we have to talk about and continue to develop so that we can be better on that in the future.”

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