Dallas Cowboys fans were all kinds of upset after the team’s playoff loss to the 49ers. There was good reason to be angry. America’s Team hasn’t made a Conference Championship game in 11 postseason appearances.
But the way that Cowboys fans acted in multiple situations after the game was just as embarrassing as the team’s performance. Fans were fighting each other outside of the stadium. They threw trash onto the field as players and referees were exiting the game. And, they apparently went after members of defensive tackle Neville Gallimore’s family.
After Dallas thought they had stopped the 49ers on 3rd and 12 with just over four minutes to go in the game, Gallimore was called for an illegal use of hands penalty. This penalty allowed San Francisco to get a first down which burned precious time off the clock.
Was the penalty bad? Yes. Were there 13 other penalties in the game? Yes. Should Gallimore be taking the blame for the loss? No. But, he still did. The DT took to Twitter after the game to say Cowboys Nation can put the blame on him, but asked fans to “leave [his] family out of this.”
Cowboys DT Neville Gallimore takes blame for playoff loss and asks fans to leave his family alone
It’s unclear what exactly happened with Gallimore’s family. It’s possible they were getting hate and scrutiny at the stadium or maybe messages were sent on social media. Regardless, the treatment his family received was bad enough for him to post this message.
Gallimore is right about the fact that he played in the game and they didn’t. For his family to get backlash over the performance of him and/or his teammates is disgraceful. But, Gallimore doesn’t need to take the blame. Randy Gregory also had a defensive penalty late in the game. The point is, there isn’t one person to blame.
The Cowboys, as a whole, were sloppy from start to finish. Both the offense and defense blew multiple opportunities to capitalize when the Niners handed them easy ways to get back in the game. The entire team was part of the loss – the coaching staff included. The penalty flags were thrown on both sides of the ball. One man’s penalty didn’t cost the team the whole game. Overall lack of discipline and execution did.
We hope that Gallimore’s family is okay, and we admire the way the DT handled the situation.