In a divisional playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams on Saturday evening, referees blew a play dead, proclaiming quarterback Dak Prescott was “in the grasp” of a defender prior escaping and scrambling to his right.
Replays showed Prescott in the grasp, but not by one of the defenders. Rather, the young signal caller was bear-hugged by one of his own linemen, leading to referees ruling the play over.
It was a curious call and one that can be debated in the coming days, but for retired New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, it brought back memories of Super Bowl XLII when quarterback Eli Manning appeared to be wrapped up — and the play nearly blown dead — before he escaped and heaved a ball downfield, which was miraculously caught by wide receiver David Tyree.
Bruschi couldn’t help but wonder aloud where that call was in 2008.