Dez Bryant's injury kept him out of the Dallas Cowboys' win last week against San Francisco. But a week later, the injury - a deep thigh bruise - did not hinder him in perhaps the most important play of the Cowboys' second straight victory.
The situation: Third-and-21, 2:08 to play, Cowboys trailing the Washington Redskins, 16-15.
The Redskins sent an all-out blitz, a move that was later questioned by cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Perhaps that was because Hall was left alone on the outside to cover Bryant. And Bryant beat him on the coverage, eventually gaining 30 yards downfield as the Cowboys marched to the game-winning field goal. To make matters worse, Hall moved the Cowboys into field-goal range with a 15-yard facemask penalty.
Bryant caught four passes for 63 yards Monday night against the Redskins. Soon after Bryant's catch, Cowboys' kicker Dan Bailey notched his sixth field goal of the game, the go-ahead 40-yarder with 1:52 left that proved to be the eventual game-winner.
I turn around, and I see the ball up in the air, Bryant said after the game. I had to snatch it. I didn't care if D-Hall was behind me or not. I just had to block him out and snatch it in. Hey, I give all the credit to Tony, and I give the credit to God.