The Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys put on an epic game Sunday afternoon. So epic, in fact, that it even went into overtime following a crazy turn of offensive events. But it wasn’t all fun and games during the NFC East showdown. Ultimately, the Cowboys came away with their fifth straight victory. They’re now 8-5 and currently hold a two-game lead over every other team in the division. However, Philadelphia safety Malcolm Jenkins isn’t happy with the officials.
And it all comes back to the opening kick-off.
The Eagles appeared to recover a Dallas fumble immediately. Or so we thought. Eagles linebacker Kamu Grugier-Hill recovered Cowboys return Jourdan Lewis’ fumble. However, after an official review, it was ruled that Lewis was down by contact even though Grugier-Hill clearly came away with the football.
“That was a pretty terrible call,” Jenkins told ESPN’s Tim McManus after the game. “They reviewed it and the explanation I got was that it wasn’t a clear recovery, although Kamu had the ball in his hand and there was only Eagles defenders on the ball in replay. So whoever’s watching that in New York should stay off the bottle.”
Although the Eagles sent the game to overtime, Jenkins and Co. felt the first big break of the game that could’ve gone their way changed its complexion completely.
“Common sense, you saw Kamu come out with the ball. Obviously, they don’t pay me to make calls like that, but that was, in hindsight, obviously a big play in the game,” Jenkins added.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 6-7. Their wild card hopes do remain alive and well, though. Up next, though, they take on the Rams in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
Does Jenkins have a point? Did the call on the opening kickoff change the game for good?