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#pounditTuesday, December 7, 2021

Ezekiel Elliott calls out refs following OT win over Patriots

Ezekiel Elliott

There were several controversial calls in Sunday’s thrilling game between the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots, and Ezekiel Elliott apparently felt none of them worked in his team’s favor.

Following the Cowboys’ 35-29 OT win over New England, both Elliott and Dallas pass-rusher Randy Gregory were critical of the officials. Elliott said the Cowboys felt like they had to “overcome the Patriots and the zebras.”

There was one play in particular that likely infuriated Elliott. Dak Prescott made a crucial fourth-down mistake when he lost a fumble at the goal line late in the first half (video here), but it looked like the quarterback clearly got into the end zone on a sneak the play before. The third down play was not reviewed.

The Cowboys also had some big plays negated by holding calls. They had 12 penalties for 115 yards compared to New England’s five for 47 yards. Dallas did, however, appear to get away with a blatant face mask penalty on a key play in overtime.

It’s a good sign that the Cowboys overcame 12 penalties to beat a tough opponent on the road. And complaining about the officiating after a win carries a lot more weight. We saw an NFL coach do the same following his team’s OT win on Sunday.

Elliott and the Cowboys feel like they can beat anyone right now — even the zebras.

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