Many have been asking this question: How were the Cowboys able to run three plays in the final ten seconds of Sunday’s game?
Tom Coughlin himself has been left to wonder……”I don’t have any answer for you, other than the fact that they had two plays in the end zone that are going to take more than four seconds apiece. I don’t have any other formula than that. You have to speculate on the rest of that……Then there’s unmentioned yesterday, the longest 10 seconds I’ve ever been around. They got three plays in 10 seconds. Two of which went to the end zone. Seems like a little much to me. We’ll have to see if we can get some kind of response from the league on that.”
Maybe the real question should be: How can a team run 9 plays in 44 seconds? Well, eight of those plays were passes. The other was a spike to stop the clock. Dallas managed the time perfectly….or did they?
Dallas Cowboys at 0:44
1-10-DAL 30 (:44) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete short right to K.Ogletree. Pass incomplete at the Dallas 45; Hosley closest defender. Clock stopped.
2-10-DAL 30 (:39) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short middle to J.Witten to DAL 43 for 13 yards (T.Sash). Clock running. Cowboys hustle to line up. Ball snapped at :26
1-10-DAL 43 (:39) T.Romo spiked the ball to stop the clock with 25 seconds left.
2-10-DAL 43 (:25) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass deep left to D.Bryant pushed ob at NYG 41 for 16 yards (C.Webster). Clock stopped.
1-10-NYG 41 (:19) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to J.Witten ran ob at NYG 37 for 4 yards (M.Boley). Clock stopped.
2-6-NYG 37 (:16) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass deep left to D.Bryant for 37 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Pass complete on “FLY” PATTERN; Ball caught back of the end zone.
The Replay Assistant challenged the pass completion ruling, and the play was REVERSED. (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep left to D.Bryant. Ball caught back of end zone; hand touched out of bounds on the play; pass ruled incomplete. Clock runs down to :06, but officials rewind it to :10.
Timeout #2 by NYG at 00:10.
3-6-NYG 37 (:10) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass short left to J.Witten pushed ob at NYG 27 for 10 yards (S.Paysinger). Clock stopped.
1-10-NYG 27 (:06) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep middle to M.Austin. Pass incomplete on a post pattern.Clock stopped.
Timeout #3 by NYG at 00:01.
2-10-NYG 27 (:01) (Shotgun) T.Romo pass incomplete deep middle to J.Witten. Game over.
I re-watched the the final two possessions of this game. The Bradshaw run on third and three from the Giants’ 24 was marked down at the 26. The Giants punted. If you have NFL Rewind, go look at that play.
Bradshaw never touches the ground. He is brought down with LB Ernie Sims’ body underneath him and thrusts the ball forward over the yellow line on the screen. On the broadcast, Troy Aikman is making a point about the Giants’ comebacks, so PBP man Thom Brenneman does not bother to interrupt him to call the play. The Giants’ lineman are all pointing “first down”, but the officials gave the Giants a bad spot. The Giants’ bench did not argue or plead. They should have. FOX also does not show any replays.
WHY NOT? What was the call? Down by contact? No. Foward progress stopped? Not until after he punched the ball forward. This play a) should have been reviewed and b) FOX should have at least showed us a replay.
Anyone have any answers. We don’t and no one’s talking.