The Buccaneers and Cowboys welcomed back NFL football with a thrilling 31-29 contest on Thursday night.
After a pair of outstanding performances from Tom Brady and Dak Prescott, the Bucs ultimately claimed victory on a last-second field goal. Getting the ball back with just around 1:30 remaining on the clock, Brady mounted a classic final drive to put the defending Super Bowl champions in position to score.
In order to get there though, a controversial no-call had to take place.
On second-and-10 at the Cowboys’ 42-yard line with just about 20 seconds remaining, Brady launched a ball downfield to Chris Godwin, who appeared to push off on Dallas cornerback Jourdan Lewis to create separation for the catch.
This chunk play ultimately set up the Bucs for their game-winning 36-yard field goal.
Offensive Pass Interference or a great throw and catch? 🤔
Dallas Cowboys – 29
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 31pic.twitter.com/JCIgTQd4hD
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 10, 2021
On last night’s broadcast, former NFL referee Terry McAulay, now a rules official for NBC, said he definitely would have called offensive pass interference on this play.
If the Bucs had been flagged for this offense, they would have faced second-and-20 from their own 48-yard line with less than 20 seconds and zero timeouts remaining.
Needless to say, this no-call had some massive implications.