The third period clock ticked down to zero as Collins reached back and fired a pass down the middle of the field to Ron Dixon. New York's third receiver did a great job of going up and over Renaldo Hill for the grab. The speedy Dixon came down with the ball and raced untouched and uncontested into the end zone for a 76-yard touchdown to give the Giants the lead. Not so fast.
RT Mike Rosenthal, who had a rough afternoon, was flagged for holding Fred Wakefield. Just like that, the excitement evaporated and the Giants were back to the drawing board, never to score again in a 21-7 loss.
"We get a big play to Dix, but we get a penalty and it's overturned," Collins said.
Head Coach Jim Fassel stated after the game that he didn't see the play so he was unsure if Rosenthal was guilty or not.
Rosenthal said he didn't think he was holding Wakefield, whom he had pushed to the ground, but that "saying anything wasn't going to make a difference. I saw the flag and couldn't believe it."
Neither could Collins.
"Ron did a good job of getting behind the safety," Collins said. "I saw their guys start clapping and looked back and saw the flag. "It's exasperating."