Refs Miss Obvious Blow to Sam Bradford’s Head on Most Important Play of the Game (Video)
Thursday night’s NFL matchup pitted two teams headed in the opposite direction. The Dallas Cowboys came in having won 10 in a row. The Minnesota Vikings came in having lost five of their last six. A win for the former meant a franchise record winning streak. A win for the latter meant possibly salvaging a once-promising season.
In the end, while the Vikings held rookie sensation Dak Prescott to fewer passing yards than any other team this season, the Cowboys edged out a 17-15 victory.
Unfortunately, the game was not without controversy.
With 2:10 left on the clock and the Vikings trailing 17-9, Sam Bradford moved his team from their own 35 all the way down to the Dallas three. There, with 25 seconds remaining in the game, Bradford connected with Jerick McKinnon for a thee-yard touchdown pass, setting up a last-ditch two-point conversion attempt.
On the ensuing play Bradford airmailed a pass over his intended receiver’s head, ending the game and giving Dallas the win. However, the play shouldn’t have counted, because Cowboys defensive tackle Cedric Thornton hit Bradford in the head.
Take a look:
The Vikings should have gotten a second crack at the two-point conversion. But no.
After the game, Bradford was asked what the ref told him after the play. He shrugged and said, “He told me that I did not get hit in the face mask.”
Vikings defensive end Brian Robinson was less diplomatic.
“At the end of the day, that’s a game-changing play and you’ve got to make those calls,” Robison said. “At the end of the game, Bradford gets hit in the face. That’s an opportunity for us to score and tie the ballgame, but it doesn’t get called.”
“It gets to a point where it’s too frustrating,” Robinson added. “I don’t know. I’m probably going to get fined for this, I understand that, but somebody has got to step up and say something.”
We feel ya, Brian.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]