Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott could have done without all of the drama surrounding his fourth-down conversion.
Late in the fourth quarter, on fourth-and-inches, the Cowboys called a quarterback sneak, and Prescott’s attempt had to be measured. However, even with the chains on the field, the naked eye could not see if he had actually reached the first marker. That’s when referee Gene Steratore decided to use a folded piece of paper to see if Prescott got the first down.
The piece of paper did not fit between the ball and the first-down marker. While the result worked out in Prescott’s favor, he thought the whole production was unnecessary.
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“He didn’t have to all that,” Prescott said to NBC Sports’ Michele Tafoya. “I got it and it wasn’t that close, but that was interesting, him measuring it with the paper.”
In fairness to Steratore, Prescott probably believes he got the touchdown by such a wide margin that there was no need for a measurement.
Also to be fair, during that interview, NBC showed a camera angle not shown during the broadcast. From that angle, it looked like the ball was short of a first down.