The Cowboys briefly thought they had the comeback of all comebacks, the miracle of all miracles. When Dez Bryant hit in the end zone, and officials signaled a touchdown with 10 seconds left, the Cowboys celebrated what would have been the greatest comeback in team history.
"Initially very much," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said when asked if he thought it was a touchdown. "How much of that was want to be I don’t know. Then, when the replay came, I knew we had a problem. We had seen it before they even started working on it upstairs. We knew it wasn’t for sure."
Referee Scott Green went under the hood to look at the replay. It didn't take him long to see that Bryant's fingertips touched out of bounds, as he was trying to brace his fall, before his body hit the ground in the end zone. It proved once again that football is a game of inches.
"When Dez caught that ball in the end zone, I’m like, 'You know, this right here is the turnaround that we need, the turnaround that we need right at the end of the game, hard-fought game and being able to pull it out,'" Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware said. "But the thing is, it didn’t happen. So guess what? Now, it’s adverse times to where it’s like OK, well then, how are you going to get better from this? You’ve got to get better from this. I’ve playing on this team for eight years now. You can’t let things happen like that early in the game. We’ve got to always start the game off consistent and play well."
Instead of a 37-yard touchdown, the Cowboys had third-and-six from the Giants 37 with 10 seconds left. They got 10 yards closer before Tony Romo's final, desperation pass flew out of the back of the end zone.
"That’s difficult when you think you’ve won the game," Romo said. "And they obviously reversed the call. That’s tough, because a lot of the emotion comes out when you get back in that position and you think you have it and it gets taken away. It’s kind of a rollercoster.”
-- Charean Williams