There is a stigma around the league that especially in New England, the officials favor the Patriots, and Sunday afternoon did not help dispel that conspiracy theory.
Down late and looking to making a push, the Cowboys were seemingly halted on two separate occasions courtesy of two costly tripping penalties, a penalty rarely ever called.
It was apparent based on the replays that in both instances, no flag should have been thrown, escpially in the moment they occurred.
Two tripping penalties benefit the Patriots. Won’t see these called the rest of the year. #Cowboys #DALvsNE pic.twitter.com/L8N5JAIFsy
— Tony Clements (@TonyClementsTC) November 25, 2019
The Cowboys filed both calls to the league’s front office for review after the loss, and not surprisingly, theNFL acknowledged to the club neither was valid, and neither should’ve been called.
The league office informed the Cowboys that the tripping penalties on left tackle Tyron Smith and center Travis Frederick should not have been called in Sunday’s loss to New England, according to a source. The Frederick penalty negated a first down… https://t.co/iqyTWzvzTf
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) November 26, 2019