Carter: Near pick-six 'a play I have to make'

IRVING, Texas – There’s no doubt he would have scored ... if only he didn’t drop the ball.

No, we’re not talking about Dez Bryant, who might not have been able to stay in bounds if he had held onto that deep ball in the fourth quarter. This is about Dallas Cowboys linebacker Bruce Carter, who had nothing but green turf between him and the end zone when he got his hands on a pass in the flat near the end of the second quarter in Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

It’s a play that caused Carter’s phone to blow up Sunday afternoon. Even his mother got on him about letting that opportunity slip through his fingers. And the interception-return touchdown kept Carter from sleeping soundly Sunday night.

“That was a play that I have to make to put my team in position to win,” Carter said. “We’ve got to capitalize on all those opportunities.”

Carter did everything right on the play until the moment the ball arrived. He read the route perfectly and made a beautiful break on the ball. He just didn’t catch it.

“I think I was thinking about the end zone before I had already caught it and took my eyes off the ball,” said Carter, who, in his third season, is still looking for his first career interception. “I've just got to work at that in practice and just keep getting better.

“Whenever it comes again, I’ll be ready.”