Tuesday, November 16, 2010
NFC East Week 10 decisive moment
By Matt Mosley
The Eagles-Redskins game was over so quickly, it's hard to remember a decisive moment. I guess you could go with Michael Vick's 88-yard touchdown pass to DeSean Jackson on the first play from scrimmage. But we've already written about that.
Former SMU Mustang Bryan McCann, who was released by the Cowboys at the end of training camp, gave Dallas a 16-3 lead over the New York Giants when he picked off an Eli Manning pass and returned it 101 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter Sunday. Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was quick to point out the interception was Hakeem Nicks' fault for quitting on a slant route at the goal line. McCann, who was briefly on the Baltimore Ravens' roster, stood his ground and then raced the other direction. It set the tone for the rest of the game, and that's why McCann provides our decisive moment of the week.
Cowboys interim head coach Jason Garrett told his players all week that they'd face adversity in Sunday's game. And when Terence Newman and Mike Jenkins left with injuries, McCann was forced into action. He certainly had some tough moments, but he played with a high level of energy and provided a spark.
For a guy who played his college football in Dallas, it had to be a pretty special moment. And I'm sure the Ravens were kicking themselves as McCann raced down the sideline.