Following the correct ruling that Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant had landed out of bounds on what would have been a game-winning touchdown catch, the referees correctly added four seconds to the game clock, bringing it to :10 remaining in the fourth quarter. What happened next, however, is a bit of an anomaly that shocked both New York Giants co-owner John Mara and head coach Tom Coughlin.
On 3rd and 6 from the 37, quarterback Tony Romo would drop back and hit tight end Jason Witten near the sideline for a gain of 10 yards – a play that would take four seconds off the clock. On the very next play, Romo would narrowly miss wide receiver Miles Austin inside the five (more than 22 yards away from the line of scrimmage). The missed connection would take only five seconds off the game clock, leaving one tick left for a final shot in the endzone.
Although the Cowboys would fail to convert a miracle last second (literally) win, the fact that they were able to get three plays off in 10 seconds had Coughlin shaking his head.
"I must say it’s been a long time since I’ve seen three plays in 10 seconds. That was an incredible thing that happened there. We thought it was over," Coughlin said.
But was it a hometown advantage? Coughlin stopped short before saying it was…
“I’m not saying that. I’m just saying that’s a heck of a long time. 10 seconds, three plays. The ball started at the 40-yard line.”
TC may not say it, but we sure will… Three plays in 10 seconds, while possible, should not have happened in Sunday's game. Even giving Witten only four seconds on the third down play, the pass to Austin over the middle 22 yards away from the line of scrimmage should have run off more than five seconds.
At the end of the day, that's not what happened, and it doesn't even matter now, but apparently time runs a little bit slower in Jerry World.
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