After all that, the Cowboys ended up getting the ball to start the second half. The officials discussed it with New York and decided to let the Cowboys slide on this, per beat writer Michael Gehlken.
This second video has Prescott saying defense and kick it, and then saying defer. Shannon Sharpe tweeted that Prescott had to say defer first.
UPDATE: Dak Prescott did say defer to the 2nd half, but only after he said "defense" and "kick." pic.twitter.com/zKMKbHTc0U— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) December 15, 2019
There has been some back and forth on what Dak Prescott said to the refs after winning the coin toss, but NFL insider Adam Schefter reports that he did say the Cowboys would kick, thus giving the Rams the option to receive in the second half. However, video is now revealing Prescott definitely said defer and the referee either didn’t hear or refused to acknowledge it. The whole situation is baffling, but one has to wonder what this could mean for the third quarter point spread and Dallas third quarter team total now that they are potentially kicking off instead of receiving to open the second half. This could have a sizable impact on some wagers.
FOX replayed the coin toss video/audio. Dak definitely says "defer" at one point.— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) December 15, 2019
Apologies to Jason Garrett. This feels like it's entirely on Walt Anderson. Also feels like there's a simple fix. pic.twitter.com/fkQMcCnbPm
The Dallas Cowboys won the coin flip at the start of their matchup with the Los Angeles Rams but instead of deferring to the Rams, they appeared to opt to kick, which means the Rams opted to receive in the second half. Now the Cowboys would seem to get the pleasure of kicking off in both halves.
The field microphones reportedly picked up Dak Prescott saying “we want to defer and we’ll kick.” The Cowboys PR team is looking into what might have been a misunderstandig.
Cowboys PR is currently trying to figure out what the official word is for the 2nd half. Nobody seems to know for sure. Probably because ridiculous stuff like this never happens. https://t.co/JxvuDWnVxg— David Helman (@HelmanDC) December 15, 2019
If the Cowboys end up having to kick off in both halves, this would seem to just be another nail in Jason Garrett’s coffin. Whoever is the Cowboys coach in 2020 might want to drill the words “defer” and “receive” into his player’s vocabulary.