Dallas Cowboys fans were left shaking their heads (and in many cases, we’d imagine, cursing and throwing stuff) on Sunday when, with a 21-6 lead in the third quarter, Giants tight end Brandon Myers caught a pass from Eli Manning inside the Cowboys 10-yard line.
Bruce Carter, who was in coverage, could’ve ended the play there by simply touching Myers, who was on the turf. But he didn't. Neither did safety Jeff Heath, who was there as well.
Untouched, Myers got up and strolled into the end zone to close the deficit to 21-13.
After the game, Carter explained the mistake, saying he thought the Giants tight end had rolled out of bounds while attempting to make the catch.
“I thought he landed out of bounds so that’s why I kind of stopped on the play,” Carter said, per the Dallas Morning News.
Carter finished with seven tackles, including one for a loss. Heath finished with six tackles, and recovered a fumble that he took 50 yards for his first career touchdown.
“My message to them when they came off was this: ‘It was a bad play. It’s done. We are going to need you guys as we keep going,’” Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said. “I thought they responded well.”
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