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Giants’ Sterling Shepard called for pass interference before halftime, penalty debated on social media


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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys faced off Monday night, but there was a play that caught the attention of football fans watching the game.

The play in question occurred towards the end of the second quarter. The Cowboys defense was breathing down Daniel Jones’ neck when he found wide receiver Kenny Golladay running through the field. The 3rd down conversion would have kept the Giants’ drive alive, but a penalty flag was thrown.

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New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard attempts to avoid Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson during the first quarter on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was called for an offensive pass interference penalty. The replay showed Shepard trying to open up when he collided with Cowboys safety Trevon Diggs in midfield. Shepard appeared to be in the air when he encountered Diggs.

The piece immediately caused debate on social networks.

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On the next play, the Giants recovered the ball from 21 yards and caught Jones at Saquon Barkley. They returned the ball in the downs.

New York Giants' Daniel Jones (8) scrambles against Dallas Cowboys' DeMarcus Lawrence during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Giants’ Daniel Jones (8) scrambles against Dallas Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
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The Cowboys would have a chance to extend their lead, but kicker Brett Maher missed a 59-yard field goal.

Dallas led the game 6-3 at halftime.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) attempts to avoid a tackle by Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson during the second quarter on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) attempts to avoid a tackle by Dallas Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson during the second quarter on September 26, 2022 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

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Jones was 11 for 19 at halftime with 110 passing yards. Cooper Rush for Dallas was 8 for 14 with 81 passing yards.

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