Cowboys WR Dez Bryant learned on Sunday that when you win by controversy, you get beaten by controversy.
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Dallas Cowboys All-Pro WR Dez Bryant was the latest victim of the dreaded “Calvin Johnson Rule” and expressed his frustration with the rule after it was used to cost his team a trip to the NFC Championship.
“What am I supposed to do? I’m just reaching for the goal line. I don’t understand,” Bryant said, via Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.
On the play in question Dez Bryant caught a long pass on 4th-and-two down at the 1-yard line, but the ball touched the ground and then fell out of his hands as he tried to reach the ball into the endzone. It was originally ruled a completion, but was then challenged and reversed as incomplete.
The Calvin Johnson Rule requires that a player make “a football move” after catching and securing a football – and letting the ball hit the ground at all before that so-called football move is made will result in an incompletion.
“I’m begging them: Please, please, please take that rule out,” Bryant said.
The rule was given its name after Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson placed a TD in the endzone on the ground immediately after making the grab, and the referees ruled the play incomplete.