Cowboys star Micah Parsons Dec 24, 2023; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons (11) looks on against the Miami Dolphins during the fourth quarter at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys had a number of questionable calls go against them in their loss on Sunday to the Miami Dolphins. And Cowboys star pass rusher Micah Parsons had plenty to say about one in particular after the game that he happened to be on the receiving end of.

Parsons was flagged for roughing the passer on Dolphins’ quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, a play that ended up being a pretty big factor in the end result.

Just a play later, the Dolphins would score a touchdown on a four-yard passing touchdown from Tagovailoa to star running back Raheem Mostert to take a 13-7 lead into the half.

Had this call not been made, there is a very real possibility that the Dolphins could have been forced to settle for a field goal on the drive.

This is significant because those four points were the difference between a win and a loss for the Cowboys. Miami was able to win by two points on a game-winning field goal by Jason Sanders as time expired.

Parsons was obviously furious about this penalty after the game, voicing his frustrations about the call after the game.

“The ref said my intent was to punish the quarterback,” said Parsons via Cowboys beat writer Jon Machota. “How am I trying to punish him if I’m just trying to sack him? It’s not like it was a late hit. It’s not like I’m leaving my feet. I didn’t lead with my head. I don’t know how you make that call.”

Parsons further added that he believes these types of calls have been a trend in recent games, particularly because of the Cowboys star on their helmet.

“It’s mind-blowing, the things that are getting called, and the positions that we get put in. We just have to learn how to fight the adversity. I know a lot of it is BS, but it’s the world we live in. We’ve got the star on our helmet. … It’s just hard to play defense.”

It is becoming increasingly difficult for defenders all around the league to play defense without receiving penalties with how the current rules are enforced.

For Parsons to say that the refs are actively making calls against the Cowboys because they are the Cowboys seems a bit far-fetched. But regardless, his criticism of the refs is something that many fans of the NFL also share with him.

[Jon Machota on Twitter/X]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.