Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was on The Ticket today and confirmed that the NFL league office ruled that the refs blew the call when Tony Romo was flagged for intentional grounding with four minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys were driving into Giants territory. Romo’s pass sailed left and the refs initially did not throw a flag. The refs consulted one another and within 10 seconds a flag was thrown. Romo argued the call to no avail. That moved the ball 10 yards back to the 50 yard line and it was a loss of down. Now facing 3rd and 20, Romo threw a bomb to Terrell Owens that was incomplete. With about 3:54 left in the game, the Cowboys punted. So, instead of having a few more chances of gaining 10 more yards for a field goal to come within 1 point, they had to punt.
“I talked to the league office,” Jones said. “The league office blew the call on Tony Romo’s … intentional grounding. There was no pressure [and] it has to come with intentional grounding.”
I am not sure why he even mentioned it. It was one of 11 penalties called on the Cowboys. I’d say four of them were botched calls. But it’s petty now. None of it matters. You cannot reverse any of it. I wish he never even mentioned it. The defense stopped the Giants on the very next series and got the ball back. The offense, as high powered as it was all season, could not score. Another “what if” for the Dallas Cowboys NFL-record playoff winless drought.