The behemoth video board at the AT&T Stadium has been the deciding factor in countless replays and touchdowns in the past three seasons.
Chris Jones was kicking a 47-yard punt when it soared into the bottom of the screen, which is suspended 90 feet above the field. The screen is the world's largest: 72 feet high by 160 feet wide, equaling 11,520 square feet per side and 23,040 square feet of sideline displays. It would take 4,920 52-inch flat-panel TVS to equal the size of the video board.
“I got every piece of the ball and it ended up hitting the scoreboard,” said Jones.
Jones had done the same thing “six or seven times,” in warm-ups, he said. It had only happened once before during a game, however, when Tennessee's A.J. Trapasso hit it during a 2009 exhibition game.
Officials reviewed the kick, and determined that Jones should kick again. That kick, a lower 45-yard punt, was caught and returned for a 75-yard touchdown by the Bengals' Brandon Tate.
From there, the Bengals led 7-0 with 3 minutes and 45 seconds left in the first quarter. Special teams continued to suffer in the game with a missed field goal by Dan Bailey.
The Cowboys ended up with a 24-18 victory over Cincinnati. Thankfully, it was just a preseason game -- but with the scoreboard in the way, the Cowboys have to learn how to avoid later mishaps with the board.
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