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.
The NFL told the Jets that the roughing the passer penalty on John Franklin-Myers on Sunday should not have been called, according to a source. It was a legal hit.
— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) September 20, 2023
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.