In a divisional playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and Los Angeles Rams on Saturday evening, referees blew a play dead, proclaiming quarterback Dak Prescott was “in the grasp” of a defender prior escaping and scrambling to his right.
Replays showed Prescott in the grasp, but not by one of the defenders. Rather, the young signal caller was bear-hugged by one of his own linemen, leading to referees ruling the play over.
It was a curious call and one that can be debated in the coming days, but for retired New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, it brought back memories of Super Bowl XLII when quarterback Eli Manning appeared to be wrapped up — and the play nearly blown dead — before he escaped and heaved a ball downfield, which was miraculously caught by wide receiver David Tyree.
Bruschi couldn’t help but wonder aloud where that call was in 2008.
Bruschi hasn’t been shy about how salty he is over that Super Bowl loss, admitting it will forever be the one that got away.
“I think about it, I want to say, often,” Bruschi said in the latest episode of “The Michael Holley Podcast” from NBC Sports Boston. “Sure. You think about the ones that got away, especially the one. We were trying to not just win the Super Bowl, but win the Super Bowl. The Super Bowl that probably never would have been matched, 19-0 and things like that.
“I have a stigma in my mind now, since that game, every time I hear the word “perfect” it just bothers me. I just shake my head. Or, say, my wife will make something that tastes so good. You know when you have this meal and it’s just so great, and I say, ‘Babe, that’s some 19-0 stuff right there.’”
February 3 will represent the 11th anniversary of Super Bowl XLII and the sack of Eli Manning that wasn’t.