DALLAS – The tape shows DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer meeting at Eagles quarterback Nick Foles, forcing the fumble that Jason Hatcher recovered in the end zone in the final minute of the Cowboys’ win in Philadelphia.
The official statistics don’t give Ware any credit for the sack. At least, not yet.
The statisticians in the Lincoln Financial Field press box gave Spencer sole credit for the sack. The Cowboys are appealing to the NFL to have Spencer split the sack with Ware.
“They didn’t want me to come up there and sack any of their quarterbacks, I believe,” Ware said, half-kidding. “They didn’t want to give me that. But I think we turned it in. You know what happened. I was there. Hopefully they give me a piece of that. The film does not lie.”
If Ware gets his proper credit, it would extend his streak of consecutive games with at least half a sack to seven, the third such streak of his career. He shares the NFL record of 10 consecutive games with former Bronco Simon Fletcher, a streak Ware had over the 2007 and 2008 seasons.
Ware, one of only five men to lead the NFL in sacks in more than one season since it became an official stat in 1982, is currently being credited with 9.0 sacks this season. That ties him for fourth in the NFL with Green Bay’s Clay Matthews.