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Replacement officials discuss call during Cowboys vs Giants game.
Replacement officials or not, the Cowboys are still committing way too many penalties. Over the past several season, the Cowboys have been one of the most penalized teams in the NFL; in the season opener, that stat was no different. The team was penalized thirteen times for 86 yards.
The offensive line was called for five false start penalties, two offensive holding calls and quarterback Tony Romo was flagged for delay of game, not once but twice. These penalties stalled several offensive drives and kept the Giants in the game.
The Cowboys were able to overcome these mental errors to win the game. Still it got a little uncertain near the end. On the game’s final drive, Jason Witten was called for offensive holding, nullifying a DeMarco Murray two-yard first-down run.
Fortunately, on the ensuing 3rd-and-ten play, Romo was able to complete a 13-yard pass to Kevin Ogletree to pick up the first down and the Cowboys were able to run out the clock.
If Dallas wants to make this a successful season and be there at the end, they will have to clean up these costly penalties.