Wagswoofs – Another penalty controversy has surfaced from the Cowboys-Lions game on Saturday, and this time it’s the Dallas team that has been affected.
Before the Lions suffered from a controversial penalty that nullified their potential game-winning two-point conversion, a video revealed that Cowboys tight end Peyton Hendershot was flagged for tripping on a run by Tony Pollard. Interestingly, the footage clearly showed that it was actually Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson who extended his leg in an attempt to trip Pollard. ESPN reported this incident on Sunday.
With just over two minutes left in the fourth quarter, the Cowboys had a 17-13 lead and were about to start a drive from the Lions’ 29-yard line. However, a penalty on Hendershot forced them back to Detroit’s 44-yard line at the two-minute warning.
Dallas was unable to run more clock due to this.
The Lions, instead, managed to advance to the Detroit 25-yard line through three successful passes. With just 1:41 remaining in the game, Brandon Aubrey confidently kicked a 43-yard field goal. This gave the Lions ample time to execute a drive down the field.
Check out this video clip reviewed by ESPN, which captures the first-down play in question. It clearly shows that it was actually Lions defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, not Cowboys TE Hendershot, who tried to trip Tony Pollard. Surprisingly, the penalty was called against Dallas. Here’s the link to the video: pic.twitter.com/fkCuF3ChW6.
After marching 75 yards in just 1 minute and 18 seconds, the Lions successfully reached the end zone, setting themselves up for a potential game-changing two-point conversion. In a surprising turn of events, offensive lineman Taylor Decker found himself on the receiving end of a pass from Jared Goff. Had the play been successful, it would have given the Lions a one-point lead with a mere 23 seconds remaining on the clock. However, the officials ruled Decker as an ineligible receiver due to illegal touching, ultimately nullifying the potential game-winning score.
Upon reviewing the footage, it is evident that Decker approached referee Brad Allen prior to the play.
In the end, the Lions were unable to convert the two-point attempt and suffered a devastating loss of 20-19.
After the game, Allen confidently stated to a pool reporter that it was Lions lineman Dan Skipper who had reported as eligible.
Before the game, Lions head coach Dan Campbell informed the officials about the trick play.
The Lions suffered a significant setback with their loss, which could potentially impact their chances of securing the top seed in the NFC. On the other hand, the Cowboys are determined to emerge victorious in the NFC East race against the Eagles.
According to ESPN, there are reports that Allen’s officiating crew is likely to be downgraded, which could have a negative impact on their chances of being assigned to a postseason game.
Allen and his crew faced criticism for two incidents. Firstly, they did not penalize Za’Darius Smith for a late hit on Bears quarterback Justin Fields in Week 15. Secondly, they overlooked pass interference committed by Packers cornerback Carrington Valentine against Chiefs receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling in Week 13.