Bryant left in disbelief over reversed call on crucial catch

Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:48pm EST
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By Simon Evans

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Reuters) - Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was left in disbelief after officials overturned his superb catch late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers.

A week after benefiting from a highly debatable call in their wildcard win over the Detroit Lions, the Cowboys got a taste of the other side of tough decisions that have to be made.

On fourth down and two yards to go for a first down, Bryant rose spectacularly to catch a 31-yard pass from Tony Romo and move the Cowboys to the one-yard line.

But Packers head coach Mike McCarthy, having seen replays on the stadium's giant screen, threw a challenge flag and after reviewing the play officials reversed the decision.

With the pass ruled incomplete, the Packers got the ball on their 33-yard line and closed out the win.

"I want to know why it wasn't a catch?" Bryant said to reporters.

Asked if he had any fear that he had not held onto the ball while completing the play, Bryant said: "Not even a thought, not even a thought. I knew we were in a position to take the lead. That is all I knew.

"I had possession and I had possession of the ball coming down. That's possession right?"   Continued...

Jan 11, 2015; Green Bay, WI, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) is unable to make a catch against Green Bay Packers cornerback Sam Shields (37) in the fourth quarter in the 2014 NFC Divisional playoff football game at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports