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November 18, 2012

Vickers enjoys "personal" triumph over Cleveland, revels in delivering "gut punch" with clutch catch

Dallas Cowboys fullback Lawrence Vickers, who spent the first five seasons of his NFL career in Cleveland, joined Dallas defensive coordinator Rob Ryan in describing Sunday’s 23-20 victory as a personal triumph against the Browns.

Vickers said that made it special for him to have one of the game’s biggest catches, a 3-yard grab on fourth-and-1 during the Cowboys’ fourth-quarter drive for a go-ahead touchdown.  

“You’ve got to go get it, man. I had to have that one. That was personal,” said Vickers, whose catch extended the drive that gave Dallas its first lead, 17-13. “That was a gut punch, right there. This was a personal game. It was special.”

The catch was only the seventh of the season for Vickers, who is in his first season with Dallas. Ryan, in his second season as the team’s defensive coordinator, came to Dallas after being fired in Cleveland following the 2010 season.

Vickers said he was not bothered by the fact that the Cowboys had to rally from a 13-0 deficit and prevail in overtime against a team with a 2-8 record.

“We played good football. We came out a little slow but we came back,” Vickers said. “I knew they’d play like that. They play hard all the time. The same way they played when I was there.”

_ Jimmy Burch



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