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Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Dez Bryant delivered in clutch again

By Tim MacMahon

A pretty important development was basically ignored because of the reaction to Jason Garrett’s clock-management crisis.

Dez Bryant made another clutch catch.

That’s twice in three weeks that Tony Romo went to Bryant on a third-and-long with the game on the line. Bryant delivered on both occasions, making a savvy route adjustment to get wide open to set up the game-winning field goal against the Redskins and coming up with a tough catch on a low pass with Arizona’s Patrick Peterson to give the Cowboys a chance to beat the Cardinals in regulation.

So much for the theory that Tony Romo doesn’t trust Bryant, a line of thinking that gained some steam after Bryant was shut out in the second half of several games earlier this season.

Romo has consistently insisted that he has faith in Bryant. He’s proven it by giving Bryant a chance to make clutch plays in two of the last three games. And Bryant has definitely held up his end of the bargain in those situations, providing proof that he is progressing in his second season.

“It makes me feel great,” said Bryant, who had eight catches for 86 yards and a touchdown in a fascinating individual battle with Peterson that pitted two phenomenal young talents against each other. “It makes me feel that he has a lot of confidence in me to make a play. As long as I keep doing that, he’ll have more confidence in me.”

That’s the only reason for the Cowboys to feel good about the final minute of regulation.