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McCarthy wasn't worried about delayed review on late pick

Dec. 16, 2013
 
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams makes a diving interception late in Sunday's game against the Cowboys in Dallas. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media
Packers cornerback Tramon Williams makes a diving interception late in Sunday's game against the Cowboys in Dallas. Evan Siegle/Press-Gazette Media

On the field, Tramon Williams knew he caught it. On the opposite sideline, McCarthy didn’t have a doubt in his mind. Ditto for defensive coordinator Dom Capers, hoisted in the catbird seat at AT&T Stadium.

The only individual who didn’t seem to think the Packers veteran cornerback hadn’t cleanly nabbed the game-ending interception was the official standing only a few feet away from the play.

Any challenge has to come from the replay booth within 2 minutes and the referees weren’t immediately buzzed. The Cowboys rushed to get a play in, forcing McCarthy to call his last timeout at the same moment officials decided to look at the play.

Officials let the Packers keep the timeout, and upon further review, Williams was awarded an interception and the Packers kneeled out a 37-36 win.

But the question remained on Monday, would the play have stood had McCarthy not had one timeout remaining?

“That’s a good question because once obviously Dallas was trying to hurry up and get the ball snapped,” Capers said. “I kept waiting on it because after two minutes the call is up in the box. Fortunately we had the timeout left, because once we saw it on the screen up there we felt very strongly it was an interception because the thing never hit the ground and so we were in communication with Mike.”

Coincidentally, Williams had an interception ripped from him earlier in the fourth quarter following a review. McCarthy and Capers felt he had possession, but referees ruled otherwise.

As far as his second pick was concerned, McCarthy wasn’t too worried about the time it took for replay officials to review it as he was in communication with the officials throughout.

“I’m calling the timeout. I mean I’m not going to get beat by a technicality,” McCarthy said. “That was my thought process as soon as we saw it, especially at that point in the game. We were down to, that was it. It looked pretty clean, I know it was on the other side of the field, but it looked clean from our perspective and the communication from the box was that it was clean.”

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