Morris Claiborne gets away with contact

October, 21, 2012
10/21/12
5:04
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cowboys first-round pick, Morris Claiborne picked up his first interception of the season and made his first big late-game play in the victory over Carolina.

Faced with a fourth-and-1 from its own 40, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton found Louis Murphy for what could have been first down completion, but Claiborne bumped into the receiver as he attempted to make the catch and the ball fell incomplete with 2:08 to play.

The crowd roared its disapproval as did Murphy.

"It's one of those things," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said. "You'd like to get the call. We didn't get the call. You'd like to see him hold onto the ball but there was a reason why."

So did Claiborne get away with something?

"We were just man-to-man and the guy ran a quick stop route and I was blessed enough to come down and break it up," he said. "They say I interfered with him, but I feel like I had good coverage."
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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