Cowboys’ Ezekiel Elliott takes issue with controversial NFL officiating in overtime victory over Patriots

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 27: Ezekiel Elliott #21 of the Dallas Cowboys warms up prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium on September 27, 2021 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

It was a harrowing victory at Gillette Stadium for the Dallas Cowboys, who outlasted the New England Patriots with a 35-29 overtime victory punctuated by a 35-yard walk-off touchdown pass from Dak Prescott to CeeDee Lamb. The final knockout punch came after the Cowboys overcame a mountain of adversity over the course of four quarters preceding the extra session, with quite a bit of it being self-inflicted while others arrived by way of controversial officiating, i.e., calls, non-calls and replay decisions the Cowboys feel weren’t always on the up-and-up — running back Ezekiel Elliott taking the lead in criticizing what he saw in Foxborough.

“There’s no excuse for that,” Elliott told media after the victory, via the team’s website. “That’s ridiculous, the way they called that game tonight. But at least we were able to overcome the Patriots… and the zebras.”

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