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Controversial call brings Cowboys back to life

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (4) passes against the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) AP

The Cowboys got off to an ugly start today in San Francisco, trailing 14-0 and having a drive come to an end on a Dak Prescott sack. And then a controversial call benefited them in a big way.

With Prescott wrapped up and his progress stopped, 49ers safety Jaquiski Tartt came in and hit him after the whistle had blown. It wasn’t an intentionally dirty play by Tartt, but it was enough to draw a flag for a 15-yard penalty.

Thanks to that 15 yards, the Cowboys marched down the field and scored a touchdown. Then they got the ball back, drove down the field and scored again, making it 14-14 just before halftime.

If the Cowboys come back to win this one, the 49ers will point to that penalty on Tartt as a game changer.

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46 Responses to “Controversial call brings Cowboys back to life”
  1. sameer1138 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:51 PM

    Pretty sure the whistle was NOT blown. That’s why it was a controversial call.

  2. amplewor says: Oct 2, 2016 5:53 PM

    In the tank for the cowboys. Bleeping call.

  3. buess21 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:53 PM

    How is it controversial if, as you said, his progress had stopped, the whistle had blown, and then he was hit late?

    Secondary question, what did Jerry Jones due to you in your previous encounters?

  4. cornhusker44 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:54 PM

    A dreadful call. Tartt pushed him on the shoulder as he was still trying to make progress. Any whistle was simultaneous at worst. From 4th and long it went to 1st down. Awful call.

  5. greglloydrules says: Oct 2, 2016 5:56 PM

    I’ve seen that headline many times before. Many many times

  6. vikefan512 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:56 PM

    Well the NFL ratings have been down so have to make “America’s Game of the Week” competitive. Someone ordered the code red to make such a crappy call but tied at halftime so it’s working!

  7. leatherface2012 says: Oct 2, 2016 5:59 PM

    as i’ve said earlier. starting to become like wrestling. a couple of horrid calls here or there can really change a game.

  8. ctiggs says: Oct 2, 2016 6:02 PM

    Terrible call Dak was still fighting and it wasn’t even a big hit. The fix is in. Plus how many times does their left tackle have to false start before they call it!!! He is out quicker than usain bolt !

  9. emmitt22bates40 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:05 PM

    The call was easy to make. Not one but two whistles were blown very loudly. Therefore, the play was over when Dak was pushed in the back. Now, the missed hold on Dallas on SAN Fran’s 3rd and 3 play should’ve been called, I’ll say that. But the roughing the passer call was obvious.

  10. cobrala2 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:07 PM

    As an Eagles fan I can confirm with certainty that was an AWFUL call. 🙂

  11. briang123 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:07 PM

    Defense has been effectively outlawed in the NFL. It seems like they want every game to be like a Big 12 game.

  12. fshort says: Oct 2, 2016 6:09 PM

    @SF fans: WAH!

  13. southpaw79 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:09 PM

    Dont forget about the obvious defensive holding on the next drive by the Niners. That allowed the Cowboys just enough time to get the ball back and score before the half.

  14. viper0290 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:09 PM

    Diehard cowboy fan here, bad call

  15. haminator says: Oct 2, 2016 6:10 PM

    Down go the ratings – even more. This game has become crap!

  16. squawktalkseahawk says: Oct 2, 2016 6:10 PM

    Nice shots of the stadium.
    Did they forget to announce to the folks of Santa Clara that there was a game today?
    Maybe they should switch venues to San Jose State until the bandwagon comes around again.

  17. daysend564 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:18 PM

    The whistle was blown a good 4-5 steps before Tartt hit

  18. leatherface2012 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:23 PM

    who are these officials graded by? stevie wonder, or helen keller?

  19. braceyourselffor12 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:24 PM

    squawktalkseahawk says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:10 PM

    Nice shots of the stadium.
    Did they forget to announce to the folks of Santa Clara that there was a game today?
    Maybe they should switch venues to San Jose State until the bandwagon comes around again.

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    This isn’t seattle dipstick. You hacks own that reputation, don’t try and invert it on us.

  20. mikeoxwells says: Oct 2, 2016 6:24 PM

    Nothing controversial about the call, it was a garbage. Controversy would imply that someone could legitimately argue if the call was good or bad.

  21. vavikingfan says: Oct 2, 2016 6:26 PM

    How is this the game of the week?

  22. dallasfan76 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:27 PM

    A controversial call in the NFL? No Way!!!

  23. leatherface2012 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:29 PM

    emmitt22bates40 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:05 PM
    The call was easy to make. Not one but two whistles were blown very loudly. Therefore, the play was over when Dak was pushed in the back. Now, the missed hold on Dallas on SAN Fran’s 3rd and 3 play should’ve been called, I’ll say that. But the roughing the passer call was obvious.

    nope sorry. dvrd it .. listened 4 times heard no whistle

  24. rcosborne59 says: Oct 2, 2016 6:36 PM

    Is it just me or do yellow flags seems to be flying like snowflakes in this weeks games.

  25. jackedupboonie says: Oct 2, 2016 6:48 PM

    They aren’t playing in frisco anymore….nobody knows where Clara is 50 miles up the road.

  26. nyneal says: Oct 2, 2016 7:13 PM

    The Cowboys left tackle has been moving early the whole game without being called. It’s been blatant and even homer Troy Aikman has pointed it out.

  27. BoyzFan says: Oct 2, 2016 7:14 PM

    Nice to see a post on this game.

    As a Dallas fan, I can say a lot of non calls have gone their way.

    My thoughts on the first half about those calls, the refs and NFL are trying to send a message about bringing politics to what most people don’t want to see.

    Even Troy was saying there’s a lot of Cowboys fans there. I think most of them are 9er fans but protesting too.

  28. BoyzFan says: Oct 2, 2016 7:17 PM

    ohh, forgot, supposed to say Dallas and San Francisco. Can’t say a teams name and it still be politically correct. You know like the Washington DC team (REDSKINS)

  29. thermalito says: Oct 2, 2016 7:24 PM

    Lifelong 49ers fan now an EX 49ers fan rooting for the Cowboys for the first time in my life. I am actually rooting for ANY team that plays the Santa Clara Social Justice Warriors and their obnoxious backup QB. Go Cowboys!

  30. gmen32 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:25 PM

    Those are the type of calls you are seeing FAR too often and ruining the game I’ve watched for decades. Fine NFL, you want to make the game safer. However, these MICKEY MOUSE calls are a joke. Huge change in the momentum thanks to a brutal call.

  31. cboys4life2014 says: Oct 2, 2016 7:27 PM

    Whatever 9ers got spotted 14 points and still couldn’t come away with a win. Cry harder 49er fans. If we’really gonna do what ifs based on penalties then let’s discuss the PI on Deion in ’94. At least that game was for something

  32. thermalito says: Oct 2, 2016 7:29 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better collection of jerks like the Santa Clara Social Justice Warriors. who cares about the calls. This is not only a bad team but a dysfunctional and distracted team.

  33. milwaukeeguy says: Oct 2, 2016 7:32 PM

    I turned this game on because I was procrastinating on some housework. After a few minutes this play happened. After watching the replay of the “penalty” I turned off the TV and went to clean the kitchen.

  34. jackweed says: Oct 2, 2016 8:10 PM

    Couldn’t happen to a better collection of jerks like the Santa Clara Social Justice Warriors. who cares about the calls. This is not only a bad team but a dysfunctional and distracted team.

    i disagree. it’s calls that these that make the nfl a joke. it’s sad that this type of call affects the outcome of the game. the delta between a call like this and the lack of obvious calls against cam newton in the first game of the season is the reason the nfl will fail. goodell has to get it right. the flags are becoming a joke. at least attempt to be consistent.

    can we fire goodell yet?

  35. pacificdan says: Oct 2, 2016 8:19 PM

    It’s was a bad call, so was the no call for defensive PI that Witten should have got, it happens in every game. Normally the team that moves on and plays football is the team that wins.

  36. demskinsbaby says: Oct 2, 2016 9:18 PM

    Terrible call.. I think the whistle definitely blew, but he was already on his way and it was his momentum that carried ….the speed of the game. Very petty call. The fix was in..

  37. olddude1 says: Oct 2, 2016 9:48 PM

    Complain if you are a 49 fan and cheer if you are a Cowboys fan. Either way the guy hit him high and that is what drew the flag. By the way, did that call let the Cowboys run roughshod over the 49ers in the second half. Almost sounds like sour grapes from the 49 faithful. If that had happened to the Cowboys then the 49ers fans would be saying great call. Long statement short: GET OVER IT. THE 49ERS GOT BEAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  38. vikingsdefineaverage says: Oct 2, 2016 11:08 PM

    Controversial call brings Cowboys back to life
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    Maybe its bc I watched the game with current FCS players, but nobody thought that call was the least bit questionable. Tatty clearly launched himself at Prescott, and it isn’t the fault of Dak or the Ref that he missed bis target (Daks helmet) and hit his shoulder instead.

    Learn the game and come back to the comment section unbiased young man

  39. bspurloc says: Oct 3, 2016 12:48 AM

    .

    The dude never touched Dak, he pushed his OWN man who had Dak wrapped up.

  40. dallas88kj says: Oct 3, 2016 6:16 AM

    leatherface2012 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:29 PM
    emmitt22bates40 says:
    Oct 2, 2016 6:05 PM
    The call was easy to make. Not one but two whistles were blown very loudly. Therefore, the play was over when Dak was pushed in the back. Now, the missed hold on Dallas on SAN Fran’s 3rd and 3 play should’ve been called, I’ll say that. But the roughing the passer call was obvious.

    nope sorry. dvrd it .. listened 4 times heard no whistle

    Did you have your sound turned down? Whistle was blown twice before he was hit. If your sound was up, I’d suggest a trip to the doctors to get your hearing checked out.

    The officials got a lot of calls wrong during the game (Green false starts, no PI called when Witten was hit in the back before the ball got there, etc.) but this wasn’t one of them.

  41. dallas88kj says: Oct 3, 2016 6:24 AM

    Whether you like it or not, this was an illegal hit as defined within the current rules of the game. The whistle had been blown twice, and Prescott was hit in the back after the whistle. The 15 yard penalty was spot on.

    It’s the rules of the game that are the problem, and the inconsistencies that are rife in each game. QB’s are offered way too much protection. The hit wasn’t particularly bad (although if it was Romo that probably would have broken another bone) but the hit on Witten’s back while he’s in mid-air in the 4th Qtr was worse – and wasn’t even flagged.

  42. lcfbill says: Oct 3, 2016 6:45 AM

    These days you see QBs in the grasp of defenders still makes throws downfield. Dak was still fighting to get loose. Tartt ran into him, pushing him down with his arms to get him to the ground. There was nothing dirty about it in my opinion. If Dak does not want to risk being hit, he can go to the ground. It is his choice.
    They used to invoke the “QB down in the grasp of a defender”, which was a rule originally put in to protect QB’s. Now it is like that call doesn’t exist (like intentional grounding)– until yesterday. I do not think defenders know what to do anymore. If they made calls like they did on this play consistently, they would have to call back a lot of Russell Wilson completions for crying out loud.

  43. guitarrebel says: Oct 3, 2016 6:51 AM

    I saw the play and thought the flag had been thrown on the SF guy who slapped Dak hard on the head well after the play was over.
    I just thought they called it on the wrong number.

  44. mrba4775 says: Oct 3, 2016 8:14 AM

    Jerry called the refs to remind them that their sons and daughters won’t be able to attend the college of their choice, if the didn’t make that flag count.

  45. haywoodjablomey says: Oct 3, 2016 3:39 PM

    Yet another reason that interest and ratings in the NFL are waning. Garbage call, momentum changer, and the complete lack of consistency on throwing the flag as a whole are making this stuff un-watchable. When Aikman (Cowboy super homer) says SEVERAL times on air that he’s surprised that they haven’t called any false starts on the dude that jumped up before the ball was snapped on nearly every down, you know there’s some poor officiating going on. The fix is in, it’s been in, and will continue to be in. This “sport” is produced as entertainment and is dictated by the league, it’s officials, and casino money.

  46. TheDPR says: Oct 5, 2016 8:48 AM

    Even if the poor officiating is simply poor officiating with nothing nefarious behind it other than league incompetence, it still gives the appearance of favoritism and penalty calls or non-calls determining the outcome of too many games. You have to let them win or lose on the field, otherwise the game is tainted.

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