One of the big differences in rules between the NFL and college football is that in college, the play is dead once the ball-carrier goes to the ground.
In the NFL, you have to touch a fallen ball-carrier to end the play. The Dallas Cowboys haven't gotten to that part of the rulebook yet.
The Cowboys, in the kind of mind-numbing move that seems to happen to them more often than most NFL teams, watched Giants tight end Brandon Myers catch a pass at about the 10-yard line. Then they just kept watching.
Linebacker Bruce Carter, who can't seem to avoid making mistakes that drive the coaching staff nuts, and safety Jeff Heath stood right next to Myers. Nobody remembered to touch Myers to tackle him. So Myers, understanding the rules of the game, got up and strolled in for a touchdown. That cut Dallas' lead to 21-13 and gave the Giants some momentum for the first time.
It ultimately didn't cost the Cowboys, thanks to Tony Romo coming up with a huge clutch drive to lead Dallas to a win on the final play. But it certainly could have.
This week, the Cowboys might want to have a few classroom sessions to go over the rulebook.
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