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SloMotion 01-11-2015 04:40 PM

Role reversal: Late call costs Cowboys
Wow ... whoda'thunk the ground couldn't cause a fumble but it could cause an incomplete pass, :roflmao: ... what goes around comes around, there is justice in the NFL after all, :D.


Originally Posted by Eric Edholm, Shutdown Corner, Yahoo Sports

Cowboys denied chance to win when Dez Bryant catch overturned

Football karma is funny stuff.

The Dallas Cowboys were widely viewed as the beneficiaries of a favorable call (or two) in their wild-card win over the Detroit Lions last week, as ridiculous rumors of Cowboys favoritism ruled the sports water-cooler chatter.

Well, hard to argue that now.

Mr. Fourth Down, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett, make a risky call with his team down 26-21 with 4:42 left. He decided to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the Green Bay 32, and it appeared a brilliant risk when Dez Bryant made a circus catch at the 1-yard line, skying over cornerback Sam Shields.

But Packers head coach Mike McCarthy challenged the spot after earlier missing on a challenge, arguing that Julius Peppers tipped a pass on what was called a Packers pass interference call. That one failed. In fact, every challenge this season made by McCarthy has failed all five of them, including the earlier one.

After review, the referees ruled that Bryant didn't catch the ball. Despite what the world saw as a brilliant football play and the fact that he took three steps after catching it. It was the old, cruel Calvin Johnson Rule, failing to "complete the process" of the catch, being played out in what had been a classic battle of two great teams prior to that.

The ball moved after hitting the ground when Bryant hit the chewed-up Lambeau Field turf, and that was enough for the Mike Perieras of the world to say: no catch. The replay officials agreed.

So much for a great game. It was marred by a technicality.

A score would have resulted in a one-, two- or three-point Cowboys lead and the ball in Rodgers' hands with a chance to win it. Instead, he played a great game of keepaway after the controversial call. A bit anticlimactic, no?

Heck, even the Lions who were victimized by two calls against them in the Cowboys game felt bad for the Cowboys on that one, reminiscing on the Johnson would-be game-winning TD that was called back famously years ago against the Chicago Bears.

Bryant was incensed. The Cowboys were stunned. Their defense was unable to stop the Packers thereafter, with Aaron Rodgers making a few clutch throws and his receivers making some great catches, and Green Bay moved onto the NFC title game.

But once more we exit a playoff game with controversy. Our eyes, it seemed, deceived us. What looked like a catch, thanks to the voluminous NFL rulebook, was ruled not so. Brilliance gutsy, spine-tingling gambling that worked was denied.

Seems a bit wrong in such a great game.

SmashMouth 01-11-2015 05:06 PM

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... and the Romo Choke legend continues.

WhoDat!656 01-11-2015 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by SmashMouth (Post 637112)
... and the Romo Choke legend continues.

How is that play a Romo choke? Bryant is the one that didn't hold onto the ball!!

B_Dub_Saint 01-11-2015 05:49 PM

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I hate the Cowboys, but as a fan of the NFL, the officiating has been horrific.

dizzle88 01-11-2015 05:55 PM

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One of the UK comentators said what I agreed with

If he was a yard closer and the ball broke the plain of the goal line but still came out when he hit the ground, it would have been ruled a TD and he still technically has not completed the process of the catch by NFL rules

Obviously I don't care about the cowboys, I just think it was a very good catch by Bryant and in my opinion the rule should be changed

VegasSaint9 01-11-2015 05:57 PM

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Don't like the Cowboys. Didn't like last weeks call either but they got robbed in this one. How come it always seems Green Bay gets crappy calls in their favor?

neugey 01-11-2015 06:05 PM

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They need to change the possession rules for receiver. It's bogus that the ground can't cause a fumble but it can cause an incompletion. And on the defensive side they need to chill out on all the Pass Interference calls and let the guys play.

I told my dad the unspoken rule in the NFL right now is that if you are the home team, especially in the playoffs, you can expect all the close-calls and replays to go your way. I think the zebras are instructed by the league to call in the home team's favor. It's so obvious.

WillSaints81 01-11-2015 06:13 PM

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To be honest, I don't think it would have mattered because GB was marching down the field on the final possession and could have scored if they wanted.

K Major 01-11-2015 06:39 PM

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The rule sucks but it was the correct call.
So glad I don't have to watch the Cows another week.

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