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Roy Williams shows "playoff game face"

1/9/2010

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Having endured nearly two seasons of criticism for his play as a Dallas Cowboy, receiver Roy Williams saved one of his best games for tonight's drought-ending playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Williams caught five passes for 59 yards, all in the first half, including two crucial third-and-longs that led to scores.

The Cowboys led 27-7 at halftime and then quarterback Tony Romo mainly deferred to his two running backs, Felix Jones and Tashard Choice to close the deal in the second half. For Williams, it was his most catches in a game since he had six on Dec. 6 at the Giants.

"Like I said last week, I can’t sit there and just be surprised when the ball comes my way, so I was focused, locked in, had my playoff game face on, I guess, because I didn’t know what that was, but I know what it is now," Williams said. "Like I said last week, you’ve got to take your game to another level. I challenged the 7-on-7 guys, which is the tight ends, running backs and receivers, to be the best player on the football field and I felt like I was going to be the best player on the football field. I challenged them to try to be better than me. I think everybody showed up. I think the award goes to Felix."

Williams, obviously, was referring to tailback Felix Jones, who had 148 rushing yards, the third-best performance in Cowboys playoff history. But, for a receiver who's had to answer -- and has answered without ever losing his cool -- weekly questions about why he and Romo aren't connecting, his fast start was a welcomed development.

"He was coming to me early, making the plays, it was just a fun deal, everyone was getting involved," Williams said. "Miles was doing his thing, Patrick [Crayton], Wit [Jason Witten], you can just go down the list, everybody showed up today."