Gallup had made illegal contact with Rams all-star cornerback Jalen Ramsey, the official said, and the offensive pass interference nullified the 47-yard reception. The replays seemed to show pretty standard contact before Ramsey pulled his head and upper body back.
“I can tell you that it was clear and obvious on the pitch, with one hand in the opponent,” said referee Tony Corrente defending the appeal. “A full extension of the arm that created the separation. In all the situations that would be called. We’re not going to allow that at any point in the game. “
Mike McCarthy, making his debut as the Cowboys head coach, said he was surprised at the timing of the call and that Gallup and Ramsey were both fighting on the left sideline.
“I was surprised there was a call anyway,” McCarthy said. “Obviously I’m very disappointed with the call, especially so late. You don’t see this at a critical point in the game. ”
Other Cowboys vehemently disagreed.
Ramsey was equally convinced that this was the right choice.
“If they hadn’t called that, I would have been really upset,” Ramsey said. “It was clear as day, in my opinion. ”
Two games later, Prescott’s fourth and 20 assists fell harmlessly to the ground as Dallas only managed 15 yards at net in his last 10 games of the game. The Rams held on to win 20-17.
“It was a huge chance,” Prescott said. “We had a big two-minute ride at the end of the half. We were still able to move and improve, but we didn’t. But this is game 1. ”
Information from Todd Archer of ESPN and The Associated Press was used in this report.