With his Dallas Cowboys up 13-3 late in the third quarter against the New Orleans Saints Thursday night, defensive end Randy Gregory committed a monumental penalty.
New Orleans was set to punt the ball back to Dallas on fourth-and-3. What followed was a dumb roughing the punter penalty on Gregory.
You just can’t do that. Three plays later, and Drew Brees hit wide receiver Keith Kirkwood on a 30-yard touchdown to pull the Saints within 13-10.
It’s just an absurdly bad play on Gregory’s part, and it made this game much closer than it would have been heading into the final stanza.
Needless to say, people had some strong reactions to this penalty.
Randy Gregory just made this a game. You just don't want to be that guy. Big error. He still can make up for it.
— Tedy Bruschi (@TedyBruschi) November 30, 2018
— T̷R̷O̷Y̷ ̷H̷U̷G̷H̷E̷S̷ (@TommySledge) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory gave away 7 points. He better not have given away the game.
— Will Cain (@willcain) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory rn pic.twitter.com/k9hpcPu3Of
— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory allowed that TD…
— Dem Boyz Nation (@DemBoyzNation) November 30, 2018
WHAT ARE Y0U DOING??????????????????????????????? JUST HORRENDOUS PENALTY. JUST GIVE THEM THE GAME, RANDY GREGORY.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory. I mean…can you cut a player in the third quarter? Brutal.
— Colin Cowherd (@ColinCowherd) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory just lost the game watch
— The Mad King (@Kingkeraun) November 30, 2018
Randy Gregory’s penalty just woke up the Saints offense and gave them life.
— Jordan Reid (@JReidNFL) November 30, 2018
— Newy Scruggs (@newyscruggs) November 30, 2018
What the hell is Gregory doing. That’s so so stupid
— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) November 30, 2018