Jerry Jones watched in fear from the moment Dan Bailey missed a chip shot field goal at the end of the first possession Sunday afternoon.
The thought of digging an 0-2 hole for the second straight season terrified Jones. Never mind the puny percentage of teams that open with two losses and make the playoffs. Jones flashed back to the beginning of last season, when he saw firsthand how the Cowboys crumbled after a slow start.
The sickening, oh-no-here-we-go-again feeling he had in his stomach frightened him.
“At that juncture, we’re too fragile,” Jones said in the locker room after the Cowboys rallied for an overtime win. “And we’re still fragile. I underline the word fragile. We’re still a fragile psyche with our team, up and down, all the way through me. We need some good things to happen. We got to taste it today. We didn’t get it last week, but we got to taste it today. That will give us something to stand on.
“I’m going to say it one more time: I’m glad my team has more heart and guts than I do feeling up there and watching it.”