The Dallas Cowboys have nobody but themselves to blame for their 28-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. While Dak Prescott and Co. proved they can hang with Philly (that should be the expectation anyway), they had too many self-inflicted wounds to win the game.
That being said, this was a terribly officiated game and the Cowboys were on the wrong end of several questionable calls.
It'd be pointless to list off every call that went against Dallas, but the pass interference on Stephon Gilmore that gave the Eagles a fresh set of downs and preluded a touchdown certainly sticks out. The end of the game itself took forever because it felt like there was a flag on every play.
So why exactly were the refs nowhere to be found when Prescott took a blatant headshot while getting sacked on the Cowboys' final drive? This slow-motion replay shows that Prescott was already being wrestled to the ground before Eagles rookie defender Jalen Carter leveled the QB in the helmet.
Refs missed obvious roughing the passer penalty on Dak Prescott on Cowboys final drive vs Eagles
Yes, it should have been called roughing the passer. Why is that even a question? We've seen roughing the passers called for a lot less.
Could you argue that Prescott turned into the hit? Sure, but the game was on the line. He was obviously going to do everything in his power to not take a sack in that situation. It's apparent that Dak tried to throw the ball away before Carter lowered his shoulder into the QB's helmet. Furthermore, turning into a big hit hasn't stopped refs from flagging defenders for hits on defenseless receivers.
Haason Reddick was called for roughing the passer on Prescott a few plays earlier. Maybe that influenced this non-call?
Regardless, a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty would have stopped the clock and given the Cowboys a 1st and goal with a chance to take the lead with a touchdown. Would they have converted in that scenario? We'll never know and that's the problem. Dallas was robbed of a chance to win the game.
Lest we forget that Prescott's helmet getting graced by a Packers defender in 2019 was called roughing the passer!
Out of timeouts, the Cowboys didn't get another snap off until there was 11 seconds left when Prescott overthrew Jalen Tolbert in the end zone. The clock stopped with five seconds left and then Prescott hit CeeDee Lamb a couple yards short of the end zone and the game ended.
It'd be one thing if this was a ticky tack penalty, but replay shows Prescott taking a blatant headshot from Carter. Josh Sweat had Prescott wrapped up. It took a little extra wrestling on Sweat's part to complete the sack, but Prescott isn't an easy QB to bring down at 6-foot-2 and 238 pounds.
There was no reason for Carter to come flying in.
Again, the Cowboys only have themselves to blame for the loss. This non-call was just one of numerous crucial calls that didn't go Dallas' way.
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