With the Divisional Round in the rearview, the NFL Power Rankings lie ahead -- you're only a few paragraphs away, I promise! But before you continue reading, please complete whatever task you were doing by making a football move.
Another week of playoff football marked by officiating controversy, another fan base crying foul. What, exactly, constitutes a catch? That's the answer everyone is searching for. Did Dez Bryant make a postseason grab for the ages or not? I think this tweet provides a sufficient answer:
Yep, Don, that John Madden was onto something. Simplify, simplify, simplify.
A few more quick thoughts on the matter from yours truly:
B) To me, the real problem was not this ambiguous rule of securing the ball and "making a football move" -- it was the failure to follow the purported rules of instant replay. If we aren't totally sure whether Bryant was lunging for the end zone or merely stumbling to secure a catch -- i.e., whether or not he was making a football move -- then we don't have the incontrovertible evidence that is required to overturn the ruling on the field, right? Thus, the call on the field should've stood.
C) Arguably the most important play of the game was DeMarco Murray's third-quarter fumble. Murray, who otherwise enjoyed a spectacular season, could have run to Wheaton, Illinois, with that hole -- and given the Cowboys an 11-point lead in the process. Instead, Green Bay recovered and eventually kicked a field goal, and we had ourselves a one-point ballgame.
Let the dissension commence!
***Power Rankings side thought:*** How much of a mismatch does [Rob Gronkowski](/player/robgronkowski/497240/profile) present? Maybe they should throw to him 30 times a game. Good night. </content:power-ranking>