Karma came back around to bit the Dallas Cowboys Sunday in the NFC Divisional Round. One week after a controversial picked up flag that took away a pass interference and cost the Detroit Lions a first down in the closing moments, the Cowboys were the victims of a controversial call Sunday in a 26-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
A fourth-down grab at the goal line by Dez Bryant that would have set the Cowboys up for a possible game-winning score was ruled an incomplete pass after it went to replay.
The Internet exploded with reaction, of course.
Poetic Justice. Sorry Cowboys fans, but this is hilarious.— Corey Hilliard (@slabzilla78) January 11, 2015
It's Funny how life works... Haha— Cornelius Lucas (@larry_lovestein) January 11, 2015
Here is referee Gene Steratore's explanation:
Steratore: "There were a couple of angles that show the ball actually hitting the ground and then the receiver losing possession of it."— Tom Rock (@TomRock_Newsday) January 11, 2015
Steratore said it was clear to him and the New York office that the ball hit the ground and thus incomplete. Said it's "a joint decision.''— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) January 11, 2015
So you can read it all yourselves: The official "Officials Pool Report" from Packers-Cowboys ... pic.twitter.com/4zGiJAD7TP— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) January 11, 2015
Classy reaction from Dallas coach Jason Garrett:
Jason Garrett: "I walk out of this locker room with head held high and shoulders back because it's a hell of a football team."— David Moore (@DavidMooreDMN) January 11, 2015
New Jersey governor Chris Christie wasn't happy:
Bryant going to the ground. By rule he must hold onto it throughout entire process of contacting the ground. He didn't so it is incomplete.— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) January 11, 2015
The reactions of some Giants' players:
Wow what a reverse. Right call though. He didn't control it.— Justin Pugh (@JustinPugh) January 11, 2015
Colts 24, Broncos 13
The Indianapolis Colts advanced to an AFC Championship Game meeting with the New England Patriots by beating the Denver Broncos in Denver, 24-13. Did we just witness the end of Peyton Manning's career?
Near end of Sunday's game, Jim Nantz said Peyton told CBS crew that he's no longer certainly returning, and that he's going to wait and see.— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) January 12, 2015