It wasn't a fun day in Indianapolis for Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins. He was taken to school by Colts quarterback and receiver Reggie Wayne, who had 14 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown.
It got so bad that former cornerback Deion Sanders used to his Twitter account to announce that he was going to Indianapolis to personally take his No. 21 jersey away from Jenkins.
But despite being beaten all day, Jenkins made a key play in overtime to contribute to the victory.
He came off his man in zone defense to tip a Manning pass intended for tight end Jacob Tamme. Linebacker Sean Lee picked off the pass to set up the Cowboys game winning field goal.
"I told myself I wasnt going to quit even as times got hard," Jenkins said. "He was putting the ball on the money and Reggie Wayne is one of the best receivers I have gone against. But I said I wasn't going to quit. I kept fighting. I came off my man and I saw somebody behind me and I tipped the ball."
His play wasn't lost on interim coach Jason Garrett, who has told the entire to team to keep playing in the face of adversity. Jenkins did that on Sunday.
“He had a good feel for the coverage,” Garrett said. “He read the route. He has good instincts. In order to play that position you have to respond to adversity Peyton Manning is good. Reggie Wayne is good. They are going to complete balls. You need to keep fighting. Jenks did that and made a good play.”
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