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Monday, December 24, 2012
Cowboys to ask NFL to look at replay review

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Every week teams ask the NFL to review plays they deem to be questionable, and the Cowboys will ask about Walt Coleman’s overtime review of Marques Colston’s 9-yard catch and fumble that led to New Orleans’ game-winning field goal attempt Sunday.

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“That probably will be one of the ones we send in,” coach Jason Garrett said.

The Cowboys were hurt by replay reviews in back-to-back weeks on similar plays that led to different conclusions.

Against Pittsburgh, referee Clete Blakeman reversed a fumble by Pittsburgh’s Emmanuel Sanders after it appeared he got two feet down before losing the ball on a hit from safety Eric Frampton. On Sunday, Morris Claiborne punched the ball free from Colston after he got two feet down and turned upfield.

In the scramble, tight end Jimmy Graham was able to recover the fumble at the Dallas 2, and the Saints kicked the field goal for the winner.

“He had two feet down, had possession of the ball, and turned upfield and got hit as his third step was coming down,” Coleman said to a pool reporter after the game. “He had possession and time enough to do something with the football -- a football move.”

The Cowboys just want clarification on the difference in plays, not that it will change the outcome.