NFL Competition Committee Unanimously Agrees: Dez Caught It

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The rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants is as heated as they come in the NFL—right up there with those between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens, the New York Jets and halfway competent quarterback play, and Philadelphia Eagles fans and sobriety.

And still, even Giants owner John Mara knows: Dez caught it.

As in, Dez Bryant completed the infamous fourth-down catch that was overruled  in the fourth quarter quarter of the Cowboys’ divisional round playoff matchup with the Green Bay Packers on January 11, 2015.

You know the one.

Dallas wouldn’t get the ball again, losing 26-21.

The NFL’s competition committee, which includes Mara, recently met to discuss the league’s increasingly controversial catch rules, and agreed that Bryant’s play and the equally infamous overturned Calvin Johnson touchdown grab from 2010 …

… should be considered catches going forward.

“I think where we are unanimous [are] plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, the Calvin Johnson play from a couple of years ago,” Mara told ESPN on Tuesday. “I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let’s write the language to make them completions.”

Dez caught it! Awesome, right? Our collective football nightmare is almost over, yes?


While the committee agreed the Bryant and Johnson plays should be catches, they couldn’t come to a consensus on the controversial overruling of a Jesse James touchdown catch in a Pittsburgh Steelers loss to the New England Patriots in Week 15 of 2017.

“The Jesse James play, I think should be a completion, but I’m not sure we’re unanimous on that,” Mara said. “But plays where guys seem to make the catch and then make a football move with it, I think most of us agree those should be completions. Now it’s just a question of coming up with the right language.”

We see you, Patriots representative at the NFL competition committee. We see you.