Cowboys HC Mike McCarthy: Michael Gallup OPI Call vs. Rams 'Made Me Sick'

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 14, 2020

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Gallup, right, makes a catch but is called for offensive pass interference on Los Angeles Rams' Jalen Ramsey during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
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Suffice it to say, Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy disagreed with the offensive pass interference call on wide receiver Michael Gallup late in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams

The penalty wiped out a 47-yard pass that would've put Dallas in field goal range. Instead, the Cowboys faced a 3rd-and-20 from their own 24-yard line inside the final 30 seconds.

Bleacher Report @BleacherReport

Gallup got called for offensive pass interference on this play 👀 Could have put the Cowboys in FG range https://t.co/cM4VvSk312

"It made me sick when I watched the TV copy," McCarthy told reporters. "I thought Michael ran an excellent route."

Michael Gehlken @GehlkenNFL

Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy on offensive pass interference call against WR Michael Gallup late in fourth quarter: "It made me sick when I watched the TV copy. I thought Michael ran an excellent route." Also credited QB Dak Prescott for the throw

USA Today's Jori Epstein shared comments from referee Tony Corrente about the ruling:

Jori Epstein @JoriEpstein

NFL referee Tony Corrente defends offensive pass interference call on Michael Gallup vs. Jalen Ramsey as “clear and obvious”: https://t.co/bNRyJBfcq5

Fox Sports officiating expert Dean Blandino echoed the reasoning: "On the live shot you can see Gallup extend arm to create space. Does Ramsey embellish? Sure. Is it still a foul? Yes. Can't extend arm to create separation."

The NFL scrapped replay reviews for pass interference in the offseason. That probably wouldn't have made a difference anyway given how infrequently officials overturned the call on the field despite evidence to the contrary.

As much as McCarthy might be frustrated with how the final minute played out, the pass interference didn't decide the outcome.

The Cowboys only have themselves to blame after scoring just three points in the second half. McCarthy also turned down what would've been a chip shot to tie the game early in the fourth quarter when he decided to go for it on 4th-and-3 on the Rams' 11-yard line.

Dallas will now have to turn its focus to Sunday and slowing down an Atlanta Falcons offense that gained 506 yards in a 38-25 defeat to the Seattle Seahawks.


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