A fourth quarter play that was initially ruled a catch by Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was challenged by the Green Bay Packers and overturned by the referees.
On fourth down with 4:42 remaining, Bryant leapt to catch a pass from Tony Romo. On the way down, as he moved toward the end zone, the ball hit the ground. After review, the referees called it an incomplete pass.
NFL rules state the ground can cause an incomplete pass. It was ruled Bryant did not stretch out enough toward the endzone, therefore did not commit a "football act," and didn't have control going to the ground.
Bryant going to the ground. By rule he must hold onto it throughout entire process of contacting the ground. He didn't so it is incomplete.— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) January 11, 2015
The Packers then took over on downs and went on to win the game, 26-21.
The overturn sparked instant reaction on social media, including many unhappy with the call:
I by no means cheer for Dallas but I have no idea what or how thts not called a catch . Thts a joke— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) January 11, 2015
Good call, bad rule.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 11, 2015
By the wording of the rule, I think the refs got the Dez Bryant call right. But it's a terrible rule. Hard to argue he didn't catch that.— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoSNY) January 11, 2015
GALLERY: IMAGES OF THE CONTROVERSIAL PLAY
- Molly Geary