Mike Pereira, the NFL’s vice president of officiating, said Wednesday the Cowboys would have lost a challenge on Tony Romo’s fumble if the play could have been challenged.
In the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game, Romo had the ball knocked out of his hands by Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. Felix Jones covered, and, while he was lying on the ground, Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly pulled the ball free from Jones’ hands. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews eventually recovered at the
Cowboys coach Wade Phillips challenged the play, but, by rule, fumble recoveries in the field of play are not reviewable.
On his weekly review on the NFL Network, Pereira said Jones had to maintain control of the ball for it to be deemed a recovery.
“If you’re going to the ground, it’s a process, and you’ve got to hold onto it throughout the whole process,”
“If this was actually reviewable, still in my mind, [it] would not have changed.”
"These types of administrative things should never happen," Pereira said.
-- Charean Williams