Plays that shaped the season: No. 6

January, 10, 2014
Editor's note: In this series, Jean-Jacques Taylor counts down 10 plays that shaped the Cowboys' season.

Kyle WilberAP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald/Jose Yau

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
Jean-Jacques Taylor joined in August 2011. A native of Dallas, Taylor spent the past 20 years writing for The Dallas Morning News, where he covered high schools sports, the Texas Rangers and spent 11 seasons covering the Dallas Cowboys before becoming a general columnist in 2006.



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