The Dez Bryant Catch That Wasn’t a Catch
The Cowboys lose to the Packers on one of the most controversial calls in recent history.
The Wisconsin Screwjob.
To call this weekend’s playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Green Bay Packers wild is an understatement. Ultimately the Packers defeated the Cowboys 26-21 thanks to Aaron Rodgers’ two late touchdowns. But lost in Mr. Discount Double Check’s amazing performance was one of the worst calls in recent history. Dallas trailed by five in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter. Facing a 4th-and-2, Tony Romo took a shot for Dez Bryant deep. Bryant almost came down with one of the most incredible, clutch catches in playoff history. The play was ruled a catch on the field but after Packers’ Head Coach Mike McCarthy challenged the call, referee Gene Steratore overturned the call. Cowboys turned the ball over on downs. Game over.
It’s Wasn’t a Pick, It Was a Catch
FTS are unabashed New York Giants fans with no love for America’s Team. Even we have to admit the Cowboys got screwed. Bryant made the catch, secured the ball, and made a football move. We thought the ground could not cause a fumble. However according to the NFL’s complicated new-age definition of a ‘catch,’ Bryant did not control the ball all the way through hitting the ground. The exact rule states,
If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass, he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground.
Bryant going to the ground. By rule he must hold onto it throughout entire process of contacting the ground. He didn't so it is incomplete.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) January 11, 2015
The rule has been made famous by Calvin Johnson‘s touchdown-turned-incompletion against the Chicago Bears in 2010. We disagreed with the call then and still do today. The head of NFL officiated explained the Bryant ruling on Twitter last night. Even with the explanation, we have to ask, is this the worst call in modern NFL history. Let’s look at some other possibilities.
Calvin Johnson vs. the Chicago Bears (2010)
By the way, this is a catch, no matter what the NFL says.
Oakland Raiders vs. the New England Patriots “Tuck Rule” (2002)
This should have been a fumble. Brady recoiled on his initial attempt at a pass. His arm was not coming forward.
These three plays are the most notorious bad calls we can think of. Which is the worst and should we add on another play? Let us know in the comment section.