Michael Gallup called for bad pass interference to cost Cowboys

Ross Houston
September 15, 2020

Tight end Blake Jarwin, right tackle Cam Erving and linebacker Leighton Vander Esch each went down with injuries in the first half Sunday at the new SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. Vander Esch broke his collarbone.

Mike McCarthy lost his debut as coach of the Dallas Cowboys in part because of a curious fourth-down decision that didn't work. "It was a lot of little things that we have to improve on".

Both of NBC's analysts disagreed with the call, as did most fans watching the game. "It's not really a rookie mistake, but it's definitely a mistake from a rookie", he said. "You have to create your own energy but that's something we pride ourselves on doing anyway". "I don't know what y'all saw, but that's what I saw and felt out there".

The Cowboys might argue that made the big play on a long pass from Prescott to Michael Gallup that put them in position for at least a field goal in the final seconds.


"I was surprised there was a call either way", he said. "That cost us the game". The changes are going to take some time, particularly on defense.

Los Angeles got off to a great start when running back Malcolm Brown scored a one-yard rushing touchdown on the game's opening drive. T Cameron Erving had his left knee crunched while blocking on the 53-yard field goal that Greg Zuerlein missed.

Cowboys players indicated that they agreed with the call. He's the first Cowboys player with a rushing and receiving TD in an opener.

The Cowboys were looking to get into field goal range down three with under a minute to go.


Brown totaled 110 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 21 touches for the Rams.

It was the first game of the post-Todd Gurley era for the Rams.

Prescott, who was 25 of 39 for 266 yards and a touchdown, said the fact McCarthy was aggressive in Week 1 should give the unit confidence the remainder of the season in key situations despite not converting on Sunday. He also caught three passes for 31 yards, one that covered 18 yards. "It was a loss and not a performance I'm proud of".

"I judge myself off of wins", Prescott said.


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