Roy Williams stands up, takes heat for Cowboys' defeat
In a league where sometimes the goats turn invisible and are nowhere to be seen after the fact, Roy Williams stood up and took the heat Thursday evening.
The Dallas Cowboys wide receiver was single-handedly responsible for the come-from-ahead loss to the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys rallied from a 17-0 deficit to lead 27-23 late in the fourth quarter. Needing a play on third-and-six from their own 42-yard line, quarterback Jon Kitna hit Williams on a slant and he was gone. It looked like he might take it the distance. Instead of making it to the goalline, and instead of going down before he could be gang-tackled or stripped, Williams was tackled at the 11 as Malcolm Jenkins stripped the ball from his arms.
Yes, the Saints still had to drive 89 yards for the winning score. But they did, and they did so because Williams turned the ball over in the closing minutes.
“I'm disappointed, because I let my team down," Williams said, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. "I know this is a team game, and the defense had a chance to stop them, but it wouldn't have come to that if I had just fallen down or been tackled.
"I could've put the nail in the coffin on that play. We had the momentum swung our way, and it was 'W.' If I had just been tackled or long-jumped my way into the end zone, we would have won the game."
To that point, it had been a good game. Williams had five receptions for 83 yards, and he had a key block on Miles Austin’s end around that was a 60-yard touchdown at the start of the third quarter, a key play that sparked the comeback by Dallas.
"I made a few plays, but nobody is going to talk about that," Williams said. "I turned it over."
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