After the Dallas Cowboys’ 36-31 victory over the New York Giants Sunday night, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones accused the Giants of faking injuries.
“I thought us experts on football were the only ones who could see that,” Jones told ESPN. “No, it was so obvious it was funny. It wasn’t humorous because we really wanted the advantage, and knew we could get it if we could get the ball snapped.”
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who was injured in the game, also implied the Giants were going down on purpose in order to stop the Cowboys no huddle offense.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin denied the accusation Monday, calling it “absolutely not true.”
The Cowboy believe the two biggest culprits to be linebacker Dan Connor and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins.
Connor, a former Cowboy and Carolina Panther, missed the rest of the game after recording just two tackles while Jenkins, who spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers and last played for the Philadelphia Eagles, eventually returned to the game. Jenkins also had two tackles in the game.
“Both of those players were injured,” Coughlin said during a conference call via ESPN. “Connor never returned to the game. And Cullen was in a position where he needed to regroup. So that wasn’t orchestrated at all.”
Although the Cowboys did not issue and official complaint, the NFL reviewed the game and “found no basis for punishment.”