PHILADELPHIA -- Dez Bryant's exasperated expression of gratitude was broadcast for everybody to hear.
“Thank you! Thank you!” Bryant said as he jogged by the referee while he was announcing a pass interference penalty early in the third quarter, a one-sided conversation caught by the official’s microphone.
Needless to say, Bryant felt that flags should have flown following a few of the five incompletions thrown his way during Sunday’s first half. He admitted being frustrated at halftime, when he had only two catches for 34 yards and the Cowboys had only a field goal.
“I don’t want to be a pain for the refs, but damn, some things are just obvious,” Bryant said. “I think if that ref didn’t ... You know what? I’m just happy he called it.
“I don’t want to get in their ear. If it’s obvious, it’s obvious. The guy was just looking at me like I wasn’t even there. I’m like, ‘I know you see me talking to you, man. He’s holding me.’ I got kind of frustrated on some of the calls today, but I let it go and stayed focused.”
Then Bryant made his mark on the game in the second half, finishing the win over the Eagles with eight catches for 110 yards.
It didn’t take long for Bryant to get involved in the second half. He caught a pass for a 12-yard gain on the second snap of the half, then followed that with gains of 11 and 19 yards on that drive, almost tip-toeing into the end zone on his third catch of the series. The pass interference call came on a back-shoulder fade to Bryant in the end zone the next play.
“In games like this, you have to be patient, and that’s what it was,” said Bryant, who has three 100-yard games this season. “Things had to get rolling and it did. Tony [Romo] and the coaches made some great adjustments and we came out and got the win.”
Added coach Jason Garrett: “I thought he did a really good job staying focused throughout this ballgame and he made the plays when he needed to.”