NFL says penalty against John Franklin-Myers should not have been called

The Jets were hanging with the Dallas Cowboys heading into halftime of their game Sunday. Dallas was driving, but New York was looking to at least hold them to a field goal which could have kept the game at least 13-7 heading into the locker room. New York got a stop on third down and thought they had accomplished just that.

Roughing the passer, defense, No. 91. Automatic first down.

The Jets couldn’t believe they just got tagged with a roughing the passer call. The hit John Franklin-Myers had on Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott seemed just fine. The call was questionable at best. Turns out, it was a fine hit.

The league told the Jets Wednesday the call against Franklin-Myers should not have been called at all. It was a legal hit.

Instead, Dallas later found the end zone (following a defensive pass interference call on Brandin Echols) and, thanks to another roughing call on Micheal Clemons, Dallas punched it in for two. So instead of 13-7 at the half, it was 18-7.

That call turned into a crucial turning point in the game. It’s obviously too late to do anything about it now. The league just simply shrugged their shoulders and said sorry.

Story originally appeared on Jets Wire