April 22, 2024

The Dallas Cowboys’ victory over the Detroit Lions on Saturday made headlines for all the wrong reasons. A contentious call toward the conclusion of the game nullified a two-point convert that would have given the Lions the lead with seconds remaining. Following the game, a video of the refs missing the call surfaced. Golden Tate, a former Detroit Lion and Pro Bowl receiver, resorted to social media to accuse owner Jerry Jones and the NFL of game manipulation.

 

Golden Tate - Tennessee Titans Wide Receiver - ESPN

 

Golden Tate Charges the Dallas Cowboys Jerry Jones, NFL Rigger

Tate referenced a past bad call in a Cowboys-Lions game. “Jerry Jones picked up the phone and made that same call he made back in 2015 when they picked up that PI FLAG..” Tate used social media to express himself. Tate is, of course, alluding to the no-call for pass interference in a 2015 playoff game between the two teams. The former receiver accuses Jones of interfering with on-field decisions.

It’s not rigged; it’s just bad officiating.

Based on the play, I don’t believe the refs fixed the game. I believe they are simply inept at their job. They certainly don’t know who is actually eligible and who is simply passing through. There is a lot of uncertainty, and the officials made a call and adhered to it. The problem with the modern NFL is that there are cameras everywhere. We can plainly observe when a call was completely missed, and in this situation, the outcome was most certainly altered. The officials have become far too much of a topic this season.

The Dallas Cowboys won a big game, leaving the Lions disappointed. The good news is that they are still in the playoffs and must refocus if they want to compete for the Super Bowl.

 

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