DeMarcus Ware was out of position to stop Peyton Manning’s bootleg because they Cowboys didn’t have him looking for it.
“It was a great sales job,” coach Jason Garrett said of the surprise touchdown play by Manning, which he pulled out of the air on his own. “DeMarcus Ware came down the line of scrimmage. That’s what we asked him to do. It’s something they haven’t shown before, and they did a good job. He came down and was going to try to defend the cutback – if the ball cut up, he’s there to make the play.”
Instead, Manning faked the handoff, kept the ball and looped back around the left end vacated by Ware. Only linebacker Bruce Carter saw Manning, but too late, and he was too far away.
The 37-year-old Manning ambled in on a gentle run.
Asked if it was the slowest touchdown he’d ever seen scored, Garrett allowed himself a smile and said, “Painfully slow.”
-- Carlos Mendez