With ten seconds left in the Cowboys’ 29-24 loss to the Giants on Sunday, Tony Romo threw what looked at first to be a game-winning, 37-yard touchdown pass to receiver Dez Bryant.
The referees ruled it a touchdown and, for a fleeting moment, it appeared that Dallas had completed a wholly improbable comeback after being down 23-0 in the first half. It would have meant a season sweep of the reigning Super Bowl champs for the Cowboys, a huge stride where the team’s playoff aspirations are concerned and a bit of redemption for the embattled Bryant, who had surrendered a fumble on a punt return earlier in the game.
It would have, but it didn’t, because replays showed that two fingers on Bryant’s right hand were out of bounds upon coming down with the would-be touchdown catch. When the ruling was made--long after it was clear to those watching at home that the touchdown call would be reversed--no one was more disappointed than Bryant himself.
"When they took it away, my heart just dropped," Bryant said, per ESPN Dallas. "I had my mind set that if the ball was thrown to me -- I don't care -- I was going to come down with it. And I came down with it. And I thought I was in. It's just frustrating."
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