IRVING – During the third quarter Sunday in Indianapolis , Colts defensive tackle Daniel Muir tried to use Cowboys center Andre Gurode's back as a stairway to block David Buehler's field goal attempt.
Gurode's argument for a leverage call didn't result in a penalty. But because he drew attention to it, the Colts got busted on the next field goal attempt.
The leverage penalty resulted in a first down for Dallas. The Cowboys promptly scored a touchdown and two-point conversion for a 35-28 lead with 2:38 left in regulation.
"I was sitting there pointing at the ref, like, 'Throw the flag; that is leveraging,' " Gurode said. "He kind of had a head's up before the play."
The Cowboys' offensive line spent much of the season's first half getting flagged and breaking down. But they've leveraged a strong rushing attack during their current 3-1 stretch.
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