The last time the Green Bay Packers met the Dallas Cowboys in the playoffs — following the 2014 season — the Packers walked away with 26-21 victory. That game will be most remembered for the Dez Bryant catch that wasn’t, however.
Bryant made a grab over Sam Shields on a 4th-and-2 that would have put the ball on the Packers’ 1-yard line with the score at 26-21. The ball squirted out as Bryant hit the ground. By rule, it wasn’t a catch because the receiver didn’t maintain complete possession through the duration of the act of the catch or make a football move.
The Packers got the ball and ran out the clock.
Cowboys fans and Bryant have been whining about it ever since. Bryant took some more time to whine about it this week.
Dez Bryant: "[Fans say] It's January blah, blah, blah, 2017, 3:29 p.m. and I just want the world to know that Dez Bryant still caught it."
Did he catch it? Not by the definition of the rule.
And you know what else?
Because it doesn’t matter.
Neither the Packers nor the Cowboys made the Super Bowl that year, as you surely know what came next.