In an announcement that will provide zero consolation to Detroit Lions fans, the NFL told the franchise that it missed a hold on Ndamukong Suh during the Dallas Cowboys' key conversion on fourth-and-6 in the fourth quarter, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. During the play, Tony Romo hit Jason Witten for a 21-yard gain that kept alive what would become the Cowboys' game-winning drive.
The play was perhaps the biggest in a game that will be better known for an overturned pass interference call that forced the Lions to punt just before the Cowboys' final scoring drive. Schefter was told by one person that the missed hold was "even worse than the PI call/no call." If holding had been called, the Cowboys would have faced fourth-and-16 from their own 48-yard line, and perhaps would have punted the ball to the Lions, down 20-17.
Suh was a pivotal part of what was the NFL's second-best defense by total yards and points per game during the 2014 NFL regular season. Suh was initially suspended for Sunday's contest for stepping on Aaron Rodgers' ankle in Week 17, but appealed and was able to get his punishment reduced to a $70,000 fine. On Sunday, he had two of the Lions' six sacks, and helped hold DeMarco Murray, the NFL's leading rusher, to 75 yards rushing on 19 carries.
Suh would have made a big play during that fourth down, too, if only the officials had seen it: