The Saga Continues: NFL Tells Cowboys They Missed 7 Calls Against Lions

Somebody. Please. Make it. Stop.

To be filed under news we’re reporting because people won’t stop reading, yet another detail emerged from the never-ending controversy surrounding the Detroit Lions’ 24-20 playoff defeat at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys last Sunday.

This time around, Clarence Hill of the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram reports the Cowboys sent in 10 plays of their own for review this week. In response, the NFL admitted they missed at least 7 calls against the Lions that could have worked in the Cowboys’ favor.

While not all 7 calls were publicly specified, Hill was alerted of at least two.

The second play mentioned, the hold on Witten, came one play before another penalty the NFL admitted to have missed – a hold on Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. After converting on 4th and 6, the Cowboys capped their drive with a game-winning touchdown just moments later.

All of this comes on the heels of the initial pass interference penalty controversy involving tight end Brandon Pettigrew and Cowboys rookie lineback Andrew Hitchens.

As MLive’s Justin Rogers made clear, it is common practice for teams to submit questionably officiated plays to the league for review. Follow-up discussions on the plays in question usually take place the following week. While this process is typically private, the controversy surrounding this past Sunday’s missed calls has drawn the process outward.

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