Mike McCarthy was furious with officials during Steelers comeback win

Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Dallas Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Mike McCarthy was not happy with the refs during a close Cowboys loss to the Steelers

The Dallas Cowboys nearly pulled off the upset Sunday against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers. Ultimately, Mike McCarthy’s squad came up just short with Garrett Gilbert at quarterback.

The Cowboys head coach will be frustrated with the loss and the way the game was officiated had him visibly angry on the sidelines.

McCarthy angry at the refs

There was a personal foul call that went against Leighton Vander Esch and also a play where Diontae Johnson tiptoed the sidelines. McCarthy likely had a few choice words for the refs that were luckily hidden behind his mask.

The Cowboys dropped to 2-7 with the loss and still aren’t out of the NFC East race by any means. But that won’t ease the frustration after Dallas was so close to taking down the last remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

It is easy to claim the refs were against you after any loss with questionable calls. The calls in this game were not perfect, but the Cowboys still had a great chance to win. The defense held the Steelers to 24 points and the Cowboys were up 19-18 late in the fourth quarter.

The problem, once again, was the offense without Dak Prescott. Gilbert had a solid game considering the circumstances. However, Ezekiel Elliott only ran for 51 yards on 18 carries and was out-gained by Tony Pollard in the game. That is never going to be a recipe for success when Dak Prescott is out.

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Cowboys fans likely agree with McCarthy and his frustration regarding certain calls. The positive from this game is the fact Gilbert and the Cowboys hung with arguably the top team in football. The Philadelphia Eagles lead the division at 3-4-1, so a 2-7 record is not a death sentence when it comes to the playoffs. That is just the reality of the NFC East in 2020.