Report: NFL tells Cowboys two tripping penalties were bad calls

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Officials called only seven tripping penalties across the NFL entering Sunday, according to ESPN Statistics and Information. The Cowboys were called for two Sunday.

Only twice previously over the past 10 years had officials penalized a team for tripping twice in the same game, according to ESPN Statistics and Information.

It almost seemed as if someone had alerted officials to watch the Cowboys for tripping.

Troy Aikman disagreed with both calls during the Fox broadcast, and ESPN rules official John Parry tweeted, “Twice in this game the leg came up as part of an off-balanced block. Some tangled legs but no intentional, overt act (leg action) to trip defender.”

The NFL apparently agreed.

The two plays were among those the Cowboys sent to the league for clarification Monday, and the NFL said officials should not have called either, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

Coach Jason Garrett would not comment in his press conference Monday.

The calls by referee Scott Novak’s crew proved huge.

The first came in the first quarter when Tyron Smith was penalized for tripping. The 10-yard penalty put the Cowboys in a second-and-23 hole, and three plays later the Patriots blocked a Chris Jones punt. That led to the game’s only touchdown.

The second came just after the two-minute warning in the fourth quarter. On third-and-one, Dak Prescott‘s 3-yard completion to the Dallas 38 was wiped out by a tripping call on center Travis Frederick.

Two incompletions later, the Cowboys turned the ball over on downs, and the Patriots held on for a 13-9 win.

49 responses to “Report: NFL tells Cowboys two tripping penalties were bad calls

  1. The NFL will send the Cowboys a lovely letter of apology, suitable for framing.
    Dallas surely will proudly display this valuable keepsake… in their circular file.

  2. Goodells refs giving the patriots special treatment? That only happens every game.

    Still just barely squeaked by the Dallas Clappers? Lol might as well give it up, patriots are going no where.

  3. painkiller20 says:

    What good is an apology after the fact? They clearly robbed the cowboys of a potential game winning drive. How come these things never happen to the patriots.

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    The Pats fans will tell you that Goodell has a vendetta against the Patriots, even though he cut them a huge break by destroying the Spygate evidence and giving them a wrist slap punishment.
    Reminds me of a man and woman who worked together and seemed to despise each other.
    Then you find out that hatred was all an act, when in truth they were messing around.

  4. the pats’ scouting department probably picked up a few instances of actual tripping and notified the league in advance of the game.. they got in the refs’ heads and the refs made the bad calls themselves. teams do this all the time

  5. It robbed both teams and both fanbases, and the national audience who sat through that whole thing hoping for some last minute dramatics. Maybe that would have been in the form of Dak hitting Cooper for the GW TD – or Gilmore batting it away on 4th down.

    But the refs took the games into their own hands & decided it, on a flimsy (at best) call. I don’t see how anyone gained from that.

  6. I dont know if the NFL is incompetent or just overt with it, or some aggressively moronic form of both. I mean these are game changing calls, literally. Put your childish competition aside and realize this isnt acceptable in professional sports

  7. Thats a good point above. As much mess as the pats seem to get, penalties at inconvenient times isnt something they consistently deal with.

  8. Pereira confirmed the 2nd one was legit – he told Aikman in-show, during the slo-mo. But what about the no-calls when Brady was hit late and hit low?

  9. painkiller20 says: What good is an apology after the fact?
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    To get Jerrah off the phone.

  10. the funny thing is that the first penalty was pretty clear. The second was BS. However the announcers thought the 2nd was the clearest penalty. Crazy how everyone sees these differently.

  11. I’m cowboys fan, but let’s be honest it probably would have not made a difference, this game was lost during the week of practice and “preparation “not on Sunday. Garrett has been outmaneuvered and out coached in all significant games during his run. Did any cowboys fan really though this season was going to go any different. Yes we hoped, but deep down we knew there was going to be yet another disappointing season under Garrett. Never surprised, always disappointed.

  12. Kind of like two different hands to the face calls on consecutive drives and well after the play was over and only after the play was unsuccessful as it forced 4th down each time and then and only then were the flags thrown on Trey Flowers whom had never been called for it in his career…..Nothing to see here with the NFL deciding games . Must be a Nationally Televised game next week for the Patriots up coming on Sunday Night.

  13. And yet, Dallas got a question DPI on their second possession, setting up a FG, but no one cares about that. OK, got it.

    There are always bad calls, and NE was actually penalized MORE on Sunday than the Cowboys. Get over it.

  14. No way! A knowledgeable poster here on PFT said they were the right calls because they were “karate” moves. LOL!

  15. Once might be an aberration, but twice?
    Sounds like Dallas got away with a few in previous games and the Hoodie made sure to bring it up in the pre-game brief. Obvious the ref’s were watching for anything that looked remotely like a trip…

  16. johnnycantread says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm
    painkiller20 says:

    even though he cut them a huge break by destroying the Spygate evidence and giving them a wrist slap punishment.

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    Your facts are pretty wrong there. Video is legal (always was and still is) so there was no ”evidence” to be destroyed. What they did do was destroy the Patriots library of legal video. This was a punishment not a cover up. All other teams had their libraries so the Patriots were at a disadvantage having theirs destroyed to start the season. And then after that they had their first round puck taken away thats hardly a wrist slap.

  17. painkiller20 says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:33 pm
    What good is an apology after the fact? They clearly robbed the cowboys of a potential game winning drive. How come these things never happen to the patriots.
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    It helps appease Jones, who is not shy about throwing his weight around league HQ. in this case we can see that the leg is out so it was very much a trip regardless of whether it was intentional or not, even likely not. The thing is, unintentional penalties are still fair game so you cant say the ref was wrong, only that you don’t think he should have flagged it. If you look at what they said to Jones they did not try to say it wasn’t a penalty, just that they themselves would not have called it. That is probably truthful because there are probably a couple dozen of those moments a game going both ways. So an out of the blue call, while maybe legal, is too weird. But also, if this player had already been warned by an official that he was putting his legs out too much and he was going to get called if he did not stop then thats fair. and there is a lot more of this communication on the field than you will know about from your couch at hone.

    Just because there is no public outrage when the Patriots get screwed on calls (be honest, you actually get happy) does not mean it doesn’t happen any less than to anyone else. That stuff is just football being football and is never going to stop.

  18. Double speak by the NY/NFL to keep everyone confused and subject to punishment should any Team speak against them.

  19. This horse-crap luck that the Pats have will catch up to them later this season when a team like Baltimore will smack the crap out of them in the playoffs.

  20. johnnycantread says:
    November 25, 2019 at 10:52 pm
    The Pats fans will tell you that Goodell has a vendetta against the Patriots, even though he cut them a huge break by destroying the Spygate evidence and giving them a wrist slap punishment.
    Reminds me of a man and woman who worked together and seemed to despise each other.
    Then you find out that hatred was all an act, when in truth they were messing around.
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    You hit the nail on the head. Patriots fans are so delusional they are drunk on the success* of the Patriots that they just call everyone “salty” or “hater.” They don’t realize that this Goodell vs Patriots story was stirred up to make money and it has worked. The average football fan is below average intelligence so it was easy for the NFL to cook up this story.

  21. Wouldn’t have made a difference. If the Cowboys drove down the field, Garrett would have opted to kick the field goal to make it 13-12 and then try an onside kick…

  22. Sounds like Garrett’s camp is leaking this to distract everyone from the fact that they came into windy, rainy Gillette with a game plan that was designed to be played in a dome. Dak was not prepared for the elements, experimenting with a glove halfway through the second quarter. The tripping calls may have been bad, but the Cowboys trailed almost from the word go and with the coaching mismatch, there wasn’t much hope for a different outcome.

  23. Funny when Patriots homers broadcast “let them play, our defense just plays tough” but will cray in an instant when their receiver doesn’t complete a catch because the defender made a great play.

  24. As long as the NFL is printing money, nothing will change. Big market teams and teams with prominent owners will get every advantage. The Pats being good literally created a new market for the NFL because prior to that most people in the Boston area didn’t even know they had an NFL team or what the NFL was. They thought it was a dish at legal seafoods, Nantucket Fried Lobster or something.

  25. Having proof after the fact doesn’t really help the victimized. They still remain screwed and now feel worse about it because on live national TV the NFL allowed this to happen. Big game or not get it right DURING the game.

  26. Please. A good team OVERCOMES BAD CALLS. I remember the Steelers against that playoff game against the Colts being hosed by a bad call that reversed that Troy Polamalu INT, only for the NFL the DAY AFTER THE GAME to say, “That was an OOPS.” like what happened here. Fortunately, for the Steelers, they were good enough to overcome that bad call. Dallas fans and Pats haters, the Cowboys lost 1) because of the incompetency of the Clapper (Jason Garrett) 2)The Cowboys failed to score a TD. The Bad Call was NOT the reason they lost. STop making excuses.

  27. As a Cowboys fan it stinks that those calls went against my team, but those things happen to most teams over time. More troubling is that these calls are just the latest blatant example of how atrocious the officiating has been recently. Al Riveron may be a nice guy, I don’t know, but the officiating has gone sharply down hill since he took over.

  28. Was the tripping call on the Pats in that game also a bad call? Haven’t heard anything on that one? Love these people that think if those calls weren’t mae the Cowboys would have somehow would have won that game… please.

  29. The Patriots have received 18 first downs via penalty this year. Only 4 teams have received less. The Patriots opponents have received 28 first downs via penalty. Only 5 teams opponents have received more. That’s some carefully disguised favoritism there.

  30. “idislikespeciousness says:
    November 26, 2019 at 11:49 am
    The Patriots have received 18 first downs via penalty this year. Only 4 teams have received less. The Patriots opponents have received 28 first downs via penalty. Only 5 teams opponents have received more. That’s some carefully disguised favoritism there.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++
    Problem with this kind of stat is that not all penalties are the same, nor is their impact and timing all the same. Cowboys may or may not have scored, but it cannot be denied the effect of the penalty on Zeke’s run was especially critical.

  31. Wah wah. The refs called a PI on the Pats in the 2006 AFCCG that was blatantly wrong and apologized for, sending the Colts to the SB to beat the Bears instead of the Pats. I don’t see the NFL SJWs whining about that ring the Pats missed out on.

    Life sucks and then you get a bad call. Deal with it.

  32. Patriots win & fans of other teams cry about something…. wow, there’s a real shocking development there!!!

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