Welp, what the refs giveth, the refs take away. Something like that. And so it goes for the Cowboys, who saw their season come to end, not with a Romonobyl, but with a whimper. After a “questionable” call in last week’s wild card game against the Lions, which the NFL spent the entire week trying to triage, the brutal karma of it all reared it’s head in the ugliest way possible: The dreaded “Calvin Johnson Rule”. For those of you unfamiliar with this rule, which get’s enforced about two times per decade, here’s the wording:
If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball after he touches the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete.
I guess you could technically rule this the correct call, but I would point out that Bryant’s elbow is down first and the play should end right there. Or just from a simple eye test (you can see a better angle after the jump), this looks like a catch. OR you could conclude that Bryant went to the ground with his feet during the process of the catch, and then proceeded to do a “football play” by diving for the end zone. But what do I know? I will say this… I’m not sure Dallas fans can gripe about bad judgement here… Rick Perry is the elected Governor of Texas after all.
Ravens – 31, Patriots – 35
Joe Flacco – 28/45, 292 YDS, 4 TD, 2 INT. Flacco is one of the most successful postseason quarterbacks since he entered the league. God has a crazy sense of humor is the only conclusion.
Panthers – 17, Seahawks – 31
Cowboys – 21, Packers – 26
Dez Bryant – 3 REC, 38 YDS. That facial hair makes Bryant look like a 1970’s step dad…
Colts – 24, Broncos – 13
T.Y. Hilton – 4 REC, 72 YDS. It’s like I said to the editor of Hotel Industry Monthly… assign someone to cover Hilton.
Peyton Manning – 26/46, 211 YDS, 1 TD. Did you guys know Peyton used to be a Colt? I had no idea. Also, did you know he also used to be able to throw? I would not be surprised if he retired. Then again, I would not be surprised if he played a few more seasons…
Demaryius Thomas – 5 REC, 59 YDS, 1 TD (12 TGTS). They replaced Thomas’ hands with half-melted popsicles… all for science. Let’s see what happens…