New York Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner (1) celebrates after breaking up a deep pass intended for Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase (1) in the first quarter of the NFL Week 3 game between the New York Jets and the Cincinnati Bengals at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022. Cincinnati Bengals At New York Jets Week 3 Credit: The Enquirer

The Kansas City Chiefs held onto a 23-20 lead against the New York Jets on Sunday night thanks in large part to a controversial defensive holding call on Jets cornerback Sauce Gardner. And it’s safe to say that Gardner did not agree with the call.

During his postgame interview, Sauce Gardner expressed his frustration at the call, claiming that the exact same contact had gone uncalled the entire game previously.

“The receiver ran into me, it was a collision,” Gardner said in his postgame press conference. “The same thing that was happening all game. They ain’t throw no flags. Pat threw the ball outside of the receiver, MC was there. He made the play and then the ref threw the flag. To me, personally, that’s like when you play basketball one-on-one and you go up to lay the ball up and you wait to see if you miss and then call the foul. I can’t believe that, that was just crazy.”

Gardner was simply at a loss for words.

“I don’t even think they threw the ball my way, at me, the first three quarters.  And then they started throwing checkdowns, and the shot they take to get going, they get bailed out by that. Fourth quarter, crunch time, I don’t even know what to say,” Gardner said.

The NFL world had plenty to say about Gardner’s complaints.

As a result of the crucial call, the Chiefs were given a first down on what was an interception on a long third-down conversion attempt. They were able to run out the rest of the clock and secure the victory.

[Pro Football Talk]