The Dallas Cowboys didn't lose to the New England Patriots because of an embarrassing penalty call by the officials, but it certainly didn't help.
Dallas was called for a ridiculous "tripping" penalty on the penultimate drive of the game. The call came on a third down conversion by the Cowboys, who were trailing 13-9 with a little more than two minutes to play. The first down was negated, Dallas was pushed back 10 yards, and Jason Garrett's team ended up turning it over on downs.
The penalty was nothing short of terrible:
Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith reacted on Twitter to the penalty a couple of hours after the game.
His reaction was simple:
Unsurprisingly, Cowboys fans have already retweeted this more than 2,000 times and liked it nearly 10,000 times.
Cowboys star pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence had a more blunt response.
“I get tripped up every time, but it’s cool. I ain’t gonna sit here and cry about it. If the refs want to call bulls—-, let them call bulls—-,” Lawrence said. “It’s all about what we do. Everybody knows it was no such thing that a foot was thrown out or anybody was tripped.”
Dallas fell to 6-5 with the loss to New England, which improved to 10-1 with the win.