This Dez Bryant Catch Was Overturned: Was It The Right Call? (Video)
Talk about karma.
Last week, many felt the key to the Dallas Cowboys’ Wild Card victory over the Detroit Lions was the officiating, which seemed to favor Jerry Jones‘ club on a few occasions—none more notable than the picked-up pass interference flag during a crucial fourth quarter drive for the Lions.
Fast forward to this afternoon, during the Cowboys’ NFC Divisional Round match-up against the Green Bay Packers. A 31-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Richard Rodgers had just given the Packers their first lead since they opened the scoring in the first quarter. Tony Romo and the Cowboys had to respond with a touchdown of their own if they hoped to keep their magical season alive. And it looked like they were on the verge of doing just that, as a remarkable Dez Bryant catch on 4th & 2 from the Packers’ 32 appeared to take them down to the Green Bay one-yard line. But after seeing the replay, which showed Dez bobble the ball after going to the ground, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy decided to challenge the play.
Here’s a look at the Dez Bryant catch:
And here’s a closer look at what the officials were reviewing:
So, what do you think? Catch? No catch?
I’ll tell you what the refs thought: No catch.
According to the officials, Dez Bryant did not secure the ball and make a football move before going to the ground with the football. And once he went to the ground, the ball hit the frozen tundra and was bobbled by the Cowboys receiver. Simply put, the ground cannot cause a fumble, but it can cause an incomplete pass if it happens before the receiver has established complete possession by making a football move.
It was a call that seemed to confuse many, including Giants pass-catcher-extraordinaire, Odell Beckham Jr.:
I by no means cheer for Dallas but I have no idea what or how thts not called a catch . Thts a joke
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) January 11, 2015
And Dez Bryant obviously didn’t like the call either, saying “100 out of 100 knew that was a catch” during his postgame interview:
But I’ll tell you who wasn’t complaining about that call: Lions fans. Sure, they never seem to enjoy seeing the Packers win, but they also know that sometimes karma’s a bitch.