NFL broadcasters Kevin Burkhardt and Greg Olsen may have invented a new penalty with the perfect call on an unusual play Sunday.
On third-and-19, Cowboys receiver Brandin Cooks was tackled near the sticks by Panthers defensive back Xavier Woods. But in the process, Woods committed not one, but two penalties. With one hand he grabbed Cooks’ mask. And with the other, Woods dropped Cooks with a horse-neck tackle. The referee called both fouls and Burkhardt and Olsen later completed the analysis.
Kevin Burkhardt: "Officially a horse mask, in Xavier Woods."
Greg Olsen: "Do you know how they have escorigami? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a face mask horse collar applied simultaneously to the same guy at exactly the same time. This could be the first time."pic.twitter.com/JdH10vwQ6j
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“Do you know how they have escorigami?” Olsen said. “I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a face mask horse collar applied simultaneously to the same guy at the same time. That might be the first time.”
Burkhardt also had that once-in-a-lifetime moment, referring to the play as a “horse mask” penalty.
For a play to be new to Olsen, who played 14 seasons in the NFL before launching his television career, it has to be unusual. But fans loved the duo’s ability to think on the fly and end up with a wise decision for a unique moment.
Legit might be the highlight of the Panthers’ season.
"Remember that time that masked guy with a horse collar put a collar on him? Crazy." https://t.co/zC9280OAMh
-Hayes Permar (@DHPIV) November 20, 2023
Horse mask or face collar? 🤔 https://t.co/ftWevjeGav
— Aaron (@avelarde2) November 19, 2023
I guess I could also go with everything. https://t.co/Clfr19f7cv
—Joel Gasson (@JGasson_21) November 19, 2023
I have never before seen a player commit a separate foul with each hand on the same play.
– Mike Golic Jr (@mikegolicjr) November 19, 2023
— Just call me Jay (@JAlexFerrans) November 19, 2023