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Dez Bryant non-catch leads to controversy

01/11/2015 06:32 EST | Updated 03/13/2015 05:59 EDT
Dez Bryant appeared to make an incredible catch to keep the Dallas Cowboys alive in the fourth quarter of Sunday's NFC divisional round playoff game, but the play was overturned and controversy ensued as the Green Bay Packers went on to win 26-21. 

Though referee Gene Steratore's crew initially ruled it a catch, a "process rule" ultimately reversed the decision after Packers coach Mike McCarthy challenged the play.

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The wording of the NFL rule that was applied to this particular play is as follows:

"If a player goes to the ground in the act of catching a pass (with or without contact by an opponent), he must maintain control of the ball throughout the process of contacting the ground, whether in the field of play or the end zone. If he loses control of the ball, and the ball touches the ground before he regains control, the pass is incomplete. If he regains control prior to the ball touching the ground, the pass is complete."

The Vice President of NFL officiating Dean Blandino took to Twitter to attempt to clarify.

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The 26-year-old wide receiver was visibly distraught in a postgame interview over the season-ending non-catch ruling. 

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Despite the rule, people are in disagreement about whether the correct call was made. 

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Of course, not everyone was upset by the reversal. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers gave his stamp of approval following the game. 

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Another benefactor of the ruling were the Detroit Lions, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of the Cowboys a week ago after another controversial call went against them. They took the opportunity to rub it in a little. 

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