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WR Michael Gallup: “Just Trying To Get My Hand Free” Vs Jalen Ramsey

The Cowboys’ season opening loss to the Rams ended in one of the more controversial ways possible, with the referees deciding to take away what would’ve set up at least the game tying field goal by calling offensive pass interference on Michael Gallup.

Not only did the penalty take away the long completion, but it also backed them up to an impossible third down situation at the end of the game. Once that flag was thrown, the game was over.

It looked like a questionable call when watching live, and the countless replays have made the flag even more head-scratching. The man called for the penalty spoke with Charean Williams on Wednesday to give his thoughts on the play.

“I mean, honestly, I guess I just (need to) beat him a little bit more at the line so we’re not play fighting down the field for a good 10 yards…That’s the best I can put it. I was just trying to get my hand free, so (therefore) it looked like I pushed off. But it is what it is” – Michael Gallup.

Ramsey definitely sold the flag a bit, flopping backwards to make it appear that he’d been shoved hard enough to effect his coverage. But the fact is, Gallup beat him on that play and Dak Prescott made the throw which could’ve saved the game.

Instead, the Cowboys now sit at 0-1. And there’s no amount of reflecting on a questionable call that will change the outcome.

What do you think?

Kevin Brady

Written by Kevin Brady

Die-hard Cowboys fan from the Northeast, so you know I am here to defend the 'boys whenever necessary. Began writing for a WordPress Cowboys Blog, and have been with ITS since 2016.


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  1. Ramsey should get an Oscar for his acting. Typical hand fighting. Horrible homer call! That being said, Cowboys overall, DID NOT play well.

  2. That was a shameless flop by Ramsey. He wasn’t pushed at all but flailed back as if he were. News flash to refs….. all pro CBs get beat too. Gutless call by the refs in the superstar favor.

  3. Agreed…. If any flags were thrown for that play they should’ve been thrown on Ramsey!! Gallup couldn’t get his arm free cause Ramsey was holding it all the way down the field!! Gallup needs to remember that play the next time it happens and pull a Ramsey and ACT like he can’t reach for the ball cause he’s being held back!! That’ll put the penalty in our favor and get us the yards and the 1st down!!

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