Terrance Williams blamed himself for losing the ball to ruin the Cowboys’ chance for a comeback against the Chargers.
“I was just trying to make a play,” he said. “It just didn’t turn out the way I wanted it to. I just feel like I let a whole bunch of people down.”
Williams had seven catches for 71 yards, both team highs, on eight targets, after dropping the first pass that came his way.
“Really was playing fairly well in the ballgame,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He had an early drop, then he came back and made some plays for us, allowed us to move the football. He’s good at that kind of a play, and he was trying to break a tackle and get into the end zone. Their guy made a good play, from what I could tell, to knock the ball out.”
Dez Bryant did not want Williams to feel bad. He shielded him from reporters initially, although Williams composed himself enough later for interviews.
“I was just feeding off what Jason and Demarco and Tony and Dez were telling me, and Dwayne,” Williams said. “I felt like I was having a pretty good game. Was trying to make a play at the end. Just didn’t go the way I wanted it to.”
Bryant said he told Williams to keep his head up and that bad plays don’t determine who a player is.
“Don’t let a bad play dictate what you can do,” Bryant said he told Williams. “I feel like – don’t feel it, I know – he’s a great player. It’s just something you’ve got to let go and move on to the next. … Everybody’s not perfect. The best of the best can have bad games. It’s just something that you’ve just got to let go and move forward.”
Williams said it was a learning moment.
“I’m a rookie,” he said. “People are going to blow it up to a whole new level. It’s fine. I was just trying to go out there and just make a play. Just next time in that situation, just get down.”
-- Carlos Mendez