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#pounditFriday, December 4, 2020

Report: NFL told Cowboys they got tripping penalty calls wrong

Travis Frederick tripping penalty

Dallas Cowboys fans have no doubt been fuming ever since a pair of tripping calls in Sunday’s 13-9 loss to the New England Patriots hurt the team’s chances at a win at Gillette Stadium. The NFL acknowledging they got the calls wrong may not change the outcome, but it could give the fans some vindication.

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Clarence Hill Jr. reported on Monday that the NFL told the Cowboys they got both calls wrong.

The first tripping call was made against Tyron Smith in the first quarter and turned a 2nd-and-13 into a 2nd-and-23. The Cowboys ended up having their punt blocked on the possession, which led to the only touchdown of the game.

The second tripping call was even more high-profile and came against Travis Frederick on a third down play. The penalty wiped out a third down conversion and put the Cowboys into a 3rd-and-11 situation instead of having a first down. Dallas ended up turning the ball over on downs as they trailed 13-9 in what proved to essentially be the end of the game.

Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence was among those who vented frustration with the calls.

Seeing a close game decided in part by a bad call is not what the league wants, but that’s what happened on Sunday. The defeat dropped Dallas to 6-5.

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