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Jenkins: Crucial penalty was a 'bad call'

11/15/2009

Cornerback Mike Jenkins' penalty for hands to the face in the first quarter cost the Dallas Cowboys much more than five yards. It probably took at least three points off the scoreboard.

"I think it was a bad call," Jenkins said.

The penalty negated cornerback Orlando Scandrick's sack, forced fumble and recovery at the Green Bay 15-yard line. The Cowboys forced a punt four plays later and started the next series at the Dallas 49. Net result of the flag: 36 yards of field position.

"It could have turned the whole game around," Jenkins said.

Jenkins said he was flagged for patting Green Bay receiver Greg Jennings' facemask after Scandrick hit quarterback Aaron Rodgers and forced the fumble. Jenkins and Jennings are friends who occasionally train together during the offseason.

"I was pretty much giving him props," Jenkins said. "I was just saying, 'Have a good game.' The ref called hands to the face. It was after the play."