You can watch the replay from any angle you want, but you’ll still end up at the same place: Richard Sherman committed pass interference on Julio Jones on Atlanta’s final offensive play Sunday.
Only the penalty wasn’t called, and the Seahawks won 26-24.
Isn’t that a problem?
“My feelings are it’s football,” NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “We’ve seen the great players before not get that call. Are you going to be that ref who makes that call? I’m not prepared to be that ref to make that call in that situation in that game. We see it in basketball all the time, and there’s judgment that’s involved in sports.”
Dukes, to be clear, is not claiming that Sherman’s defense was clean; it wasn’t.
“What I’m saying is it’s football,” Dukes said. “How many times have you not seen a foul not get called on Michael Jordan? I’ve been around this game a long time. How many times have you said, when there have been games hanging in the balance, ‘Man, he should have made that call’? I think this is one of those situations where the ref stuffed his hanky in the pocket. But I don’t blame him. I understand it.”
In other NFC news, Dak Prescott led the Cowboys to their fifth straight win Sunday, beating Aaron Rodgers and the Packers, 30-16, in Green Bay. Dallas (5-1) is atop the NFC East and, if the playoffs started today, would have a first-round bye.
Needless to say, Tony Romo would probably do everyone a favor by not rushing back from injury.
“Brett Favre’s little advice to Tony Romo (was spot on),” Dukes said. “That was simply, ‘Hey, look, things are going too good. Don’t infuse yourself in the situation. Just wait it out. I know it’s your job, don’t rush back. If you come back and you force your way back and you rush this thing, now you’re going to have a (problem).’ The fans, from what I’m hearing, have moved on from Tony Romo. They have moved on.”
Prescott has completed 68.7 percent of his passes for 1,486 yards and has 10 touchdowns (seven pass, three rush) to just one interception this season.
Dallas, which has a bye this week, hosts Philadelphia (3-2) on Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. ET.