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If you are reading this, you are very likely aware that the Dallas Cowboys opened the season with a 20-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. However, things could have been much different had Dak Prescott’s throw to Michael Gallup stood.

Needing a field goal to tie the game or a touchdown to win, the Cowboys attempted to drive down the field in hopes of putting up points on the board. The Rams were comfortable in playing soft coverage so that the Cowboys could not take a shot down the field.

With 31 seconds remaining on the clock, Prescott dropped back and looked Michael Gallup’s direction. The third-year receiver was being covered by All-Pro corner Jalen Ramsey. That did not seem to matter much to Gallup, as he created enough separation for Prescott to drop a beautiful dime into the bread basket.

Boom. The Cowboys were set up deep into Los Angeles Rams territory with more than enough time to take a shot at the end zone.

Unfortunately, the officiating crew determined that Gallup pushed off on Ramsey, resulting in offensive pass interference and a 10-yard penalty. Instead of having a golden opportunity to come out with a win, the Dallas Cowboys were facing a third-and-20 from their own 24-yard line.

Here is the play for you to watch for yourself below:

It appears that Gallup and Ramsey were fighting for position as Gallup waited for Prescott’s pass. Gallup does put his hand on Ramsey, and the star corner sold the contact very well to draw the penalty.

Twitter had some fun with Ramsey’s reaction:

The penalty on Gallup and the Cowboys became the hottest topic on Twitter.

As always, there were a ton of eyes on the Dallas Cowboys football game on Sunday evening, meaning that many saw the play happen. Many rushed to Twitter to give their thoughts on what had transpired.

Several agreed that the call was ridiculous.

Nonetheless, the call was made and the Cowboys have to move on. The Cowboys had many opportunties that they failed to take advantage of, but that call in that situation still hurts.

Michael Gallup spoke about the penalty after the game.

The Cowboys wide receiver was asked about the OPI call, and he did not think it was enough to justify throwing a flag.

“I guess I can see (I extended my arm) a little bit,” said Gallup, who caught three of five targets for 50 yards. “I don’t think it was enough (to call).”

Added quarterback Dak Prescott, who threw for 266 yards and a score on the night:

“I mean, it’s one-on-one,” Prescott said. “Michael Gallup is a guy that I trust every time, especially in a deep-ball situation. And so I put it out there trying to let him go run under it.”

Head coach Mike McCarthy, who kicked off his Cowboys tenure on Sunday night, also shared his thoughts on the call that took the Cowboys out of position to potentially win the game:

“Just watching it live, it looked like two guys hand fighting,” McCarthy said. “I thought it was well executed. I was surprised there was a call there either way. I’m obviously very disappointed in the call, particularly during that point in the game. I thought they let both teams play tonight.”

Regardless, the Cowboys sit at 0-1 and will have to be ready to bounce back in time to take on the Falcons on Sunday. The last thing that you want to happen is for this to carry over into next week.

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