Cowboys honor Jerry Brown with emotional win

CINCINNATI -- In the Dallas Cowboys' locker room, the jerseys of Jerry Brown and Josh Brent hung in stalls, waiting for someone to slide into them.

It wasn't going to happen.

How do you get through something like this?

How do you walk into your team facility and notice two of your teammates -- your brothers -- are missing? How do you deal with a plane ride to a road game knowing one teammate was killed because of the mistake of another?

How do you sleep at night knowing you must walk onto a football field the next day and try to win a game to keep the playoff hopes alive for your team and its fan base?

The Cowboys somehow did Sunday afternoon with a 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

It was the most emotional game of the season and in quite some time.

This was about Brent, in jail after being arrested and charged with intoxication manslaughter early Saturday morning when his car crashed in Irving, Texas. This was about Brown, a passenger in the car, who died as a result of the crash.

Brent, a nose tackle, and Brown, a practice squad outside linebacker, no longer there.

How do you remember your brothers?

"I think the field was our refuge today," defensive end Marcus Spears said. "Being at the hotel and listening and hearing things and having to have meetings about it, the emotions that came out from guys, it kinda built up. We're talking about life. We're talking about football, and when you're in that situation and when something like that has happened, you got to put the game away for just a second to reflect on what's really happening."

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