There’s no in between — you’re either in the Dez Bryant caught it or the Dez Bryant didn’t catch it camp.
On Tuesday, the NFL’s competition committee met to revamp the catch rule, and naturally Bryant’s catch came up. After a discussion, the committee were “unanimous” according to ESPN’s discussion with New York Giants owner John Mara in agreement that it was in fact a catch:
“I think where we are unanimous,” Mara told ESPN Tuesday, “[are] plays like the Dez Bryant play in Green Bay, going to the ground, the Calvin Johnson play from a couple of years ago. I think all of us agree that those should be completions. So let’s write the language to make them completions.”
Bryant’s catch was one of the first in a succession of questionable decisions on Calvin Johnson, Jesse James and others.
Bryant’s no-catch allowed the Packers to hold on for the 26-21 victory, sending them to the NFC Championship game instead of the Cowboys. The Seattle Seahawks would beat the Packers, 28-22, in the conference title game before moving on to the Super Bowl.