The Dallas Cowboys were facing a crucial third-and-20 on Sunday afternoon against the Cincinnati Bengals. They were trailing the Bengals 19-10 late in the third quarter, looking at a seemingly insurmountable third-and-long.
However, the Cowboys looked to have overcome those odds to get a drive-prolonging first down. Quarterback Tony Romo dropped a perfect pass into the hands of Dez Bryant down the right sideline.
The Cowboys receiver looked poised to haul it in, gain the first down and resuscitate the dying drive. Cincinnati safety Reggie Nelson had other plans, though. He came from his position to lay the boom on Bryant, delivering what was a textbook, although bone-jarring, hit on Bryant. The crushing blow sent the ball skyward before it fell harmlessly to the ground. The Cowboys would have to punt.
That, however, is when a little yellow penalty flag came flying in. The Nelson hit on Bryant, which is how you want your players to play the game, had been flagged for a personal foul....