But the Cowboys would not have been in position without Terrance Williams.
The rookie receiver had the longest pass play of the day on the winning drive, hauling in a 51-yard catch from Tony Romo that took the ball from the Dallas 28 to the Washington 21.
“I looked and saw Tony Rolling my way, and so I broke up and then saw the corner (Josh Wilson) slip, so Tony saw the same thing and he just let it go,” Williams said. “The challenge was paying attention to the ball the whole way through.”
And then not fumbling as he turned up field.
“I just didn’t want to do nothing dumb,” Williams said, “and try to fight for more yards. So the whole key was just when I caught it to get down and live for another day.”
That Williams even played in the game was not a given. He suffered a hamstring injury last week against the Green Bay Packers and did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday. He was limited on Friday.
“Terrance is really a special kid,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He’s such a determined individual. He wants to be really, really good at this game and works very hard at it. He’s a very soft-spoken guy, but he wants to be a great player. And he wants to help our football team. He didn’t practice on Wednesday and Thursday, and was determined to come back from his injury and practiced well on Friday and instilled some confidence in us. He made some plays. He made a lot of little plays in the game, and certainly made the big play at the end to change the field position.”
Williams finished with four catches for 84 yards. It was the second-most yards he has had in a game this season, and most since he had 151 on four catches on Oct. 6 against the Denver Broncos.
“He puts himself in good position because of how much he cares,” Romo said. “He goes about his business the right way, and you really appreciate a guy like that.”