The Giants caught a break, not a go.
One of many greatest performs of Sunday’s 23-19 win against the Cowboys was a 10-yard “reception” by Dante Pettis on third-and-16 with seven minutes remaining within the fourth quarter. It arrange Graham Gano for a 50-yard area aim that pushed the Giants’ result in 4 factors and compelled the Cowboys to play for a landing as an alternative of a area aim when the following drive reached the 7-yard line.
Besides replays confirmed the tv viewers that Pettis — who additionally juggled a landing catch earlier within the recreation — trapped the ball towards the turf. Had Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy thrown a problem flag, the play may need been dominated an incomplete go, forcing an unlikely 60-yard field-goal try, a fourth-and-long prayer or a punt.
So, why didn’t the Cowboys — with all three timeouts — ask for a evaluation?
“Simply felt it was too shut,” McCarthy stated. “Felt it was a bang-bang scenario and the actual fact of the matter is we have been in a decent recreation and the three timeouts was clearly of excessive worth there. We simply didn’t suppose there was sufficient data to overturn it.”
FOX guidelines guru Mike Pereira — a former NFL official — disagreed, saying throughout the broadcast, “No query in my thoughts that if Dallas would’ve challenged this it might have been reversed to an incomplete go.”
The Giants weren’t too involved. They didn’t rush particular groups onto the sector to beat the clock with Gano’s franchise-record-setting thirtieth straight area aim transformed.
“We didn’t get something from our guys up prime it from a unique view indicating that it may be a challenge-able kind play,” coach Joe Choose stated. “Clearly if it was dominated incomplete, we could have performed that scenario a bit of bit in a different way. We wouldn’t have been in field-goal vary at that time. We might’ve needed to decide between going for it and doubtless punting.”