Friday, January 10, 2014
Plays that shaped the season: No. 6
By Jean-Jacques Taylor
Editor's note: In this series, Jean-Jacques Taylor counts down 10 plays that shaped the Cowboys' season.
Play No. 6: Kyle Wilber strip sack
Situation: Second-and-19 from Washington 11
Score: Dallas leads, 24-16
Time: 9:47 left in fourth quarter
Taylor's Take: With DeMarcus Ware (quadriceps) out in the second half and the offense stagnant, the Cowboys needed somebody -- anybody -- to make a play. No one would've put any money on Kyle Wilber, but he delivered. The 2012 fourth-round pick burst off the edge, sacked Robert Griffin III, forced a fumble and recovered it at the Washington 3, setting up the clinching touchdown.
Season Impact: A victory over the hated Redskins gave the Cowboys a small measure of revenge, considering Washington knocked them out of the playoffs the previous season. More important, it gave the Cowboys a 2-0 record in the division and returned them to .500 overall.
Quote: "When I went down, Wilber went in there and made a big play on a really great tackle. I know he can get out there and play, and me just showing him a lot of the things, his confidence level is boosted through the roof, so you got to let him keep playing that way and I know he can get the job done." -- DeMarcus Ware