Running back DeMarco Murray stretched and reached to give the Cowboys a first down that let them run down the clock before their game-winning field goal.
But the past two days have been so sad for the team, it doesn’t even feel like a win, he said.
“It was obviously hard,” he said. “It was a tragedy. It’s a sad, sad day for everyone. There is just a feeling around here. We won. But it doesn’t feel like it is. It was just so emotional. We tried to give everything we had, and we came out on top.”
The locker room after the game was a difficult scene, too, he said.
“It was hard,” he said. “It was hard hearing Coach Garrett speak and just looking at the guys’ faces. There were a lot of tears coming down people’s eyes. It’s hard. Definitely the mind is on football. It’s hard to be focused out there, but we were able to pull through.”
Murray’s 6-yard run around right end on third-and-5 gave the Cowboys a first down at the 24 with a minute to play and the Bengals out of timeouts. The Cowboys ran one more play and kicked the game-winning field goal.
“I was just trying to get the first down,” Murray said. “I knew if I could get the first down we could kill a little bit more time and get the ball out of their hands so I was just trying to get the first down. ... I knew it was going to be close and I was able to stick the ball a few inches. There was good blocking up front, and Dwayne made a good block. It was the whole team. Dez made a good block on the edge, and I felt if I could get a little closer, Dan was going to put it through for us. And that’s what happened.”
-- Carlos Mendez