Dez Bryant was beating himself up after a fumble that cost the Cowboys 20 yards, though they kept the ball.
“I was heart broken,” Bryant said. “Our mindset was to come out and execute plays, dominate. I kind of started off slow, but I didn’t get too down on myself. I had to keep myself together because those guys were believing in me, and I was believing in me. I had to keep my composure and go out there and play my game.”
Early in the fourth quarter, with the Cowboys holding a 21-13 lead, Bryant's fumble went backward for a huge loss that left the Cowboys in a third-and-30 pickle.
Bryant was visibly upset when he returned to the bench, with defensive tackle Jason Hatcher and receivers coach Derek Dooley trying to console him.
"Dez is a dynamic player,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “He makes a lot of plays for us. He has made a lot of plays for us for a long time. He made a bad play in the game [with the fumble], …and Dez is an emotional guy and some how and some way we got him focused on the task at hand.
“The best big-time players play big in the big-time moments, and he had three catches on the last drive, and it appeared he had a fourth catch. But he came up big. He gets a lot of attention from the opposing defense and showed up big on that drive. He did a hell of a job.”
Bryant finished with nine catches, including three in the team’s game-winning drive, for 102 yards. He had two drops and the fumble, which left him wanting more from himself.
"I’m very, very, very, very, very excited about the win,” Bryant said. “As far as my performance, it can be a lot better. I hold myself to a high standard. The guys in this locker room do, too. They stayed with me the whole game. Tony kept believing in me. You saw him keep going back to me, and we came out on top tonight.”
-- Charean Williams