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Game-winning TD for Eagles more clear-cut than Dez Bryant ‘non-catch’

Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scores past Patriots free safety Devin McCourty late in Super Bowl 52 against the Patriots.
Eagles tight end Zach Ertz scores past Patriots free safety Devin McCourty late in Super Bowl 52 against the Patriots. AP

The Philadelphia Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz came down to a replay review that was awfully reminiscent of the Dez Bryant’s non-catch in the 2014 divisional playoffs at Green Bay.

The Eagles beat the Patriots 41-33 to win Super Bowl 52 Sunday night. The NFL says it will look at its current catch rules during the off-season.

While it still seems as if Bryant and the Cowboys were undone by a shoddy NFL rule, the play wasn’t as clear-cut as Ertz’s touchdown Sunday night.

Ertz clearly made the reception and took multiple steps with control of the ball as he crossed the goal line. The ball didn’t come loose until it hit the turf in the end zone.

Bryant was falling down as he took three steps after clearly catching the pass from Tony Romo. Did Bryant and the Cowboys get snookered? Absolutely. But it would have been an even bigger travesty had Ertz’s touchdown catch been overturned. Good thing it wasn’t.

After the review, the officials confirmed that Ertz was a runner on the play.

Stefan Stevenson: 817-390-7760, @StevensonFWST

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