While it still seems as if Bryant and the Cowboys were undone by a shoddy National Football League rule, the play wasn't as clear-cut as Ertz's touchdown Sunday night.
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It essentially boils down to: Is Ertz considered a receiver who must complete the catch? It was somewhat similar to a touchdown by Steelers tight end Jesse James against the Patriots in the regular season that was overturned and ruled incomplete for not "surviving the ground". After taking three steps and diving into the end zone, the ball popped out of Ertz's hands. Once the ball broke the plane of the goal line, it was a touchdown and the play ended. Ertz, once again showing his knack for finding just enough open space, squeezed between safety Duron Harmon and linebacker Marquis Flowers for a 2-yard completion to keep the Eagles' chances alive.
After the review, the officials confirmed that Ertz was a runner on the play.
It may have been a play that changed the game and it may have been the play that gave the Eagles the lead, but ultimately the call was correct and it was a clear touchdown.