Dez Bryant wasn’t happy that he and Terrance Williams were flagged for an unsportsmanlike penalty in the second quarter, as the Cowboys wide receiving duo did a choreographed “dab” together.
Any planned celebration of that nature is an automatic penalty in the NFL, and it certainly had repercussions for the Cowboys.
With Williams touchdown, Dallas had taken a 14-0 lead, but the penalty, coupled with a poor kickoff by Dan Bailey, gave Miami great field position.
And the Dolphins capitalized with a three-play, 54-yard touchdown drive to pull within 14-7 by the half. Bryant, though, had no regrets about the penalty after the game.
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“I’ll tell you this … you know those kinds of moments, we don’t want a flag, we don’t want that, but that strikes confidence,” Bryant said. “Everybody on the sidelines see it. The guys on the field, you know, it just gives you that extra boost of confidence. And I think that’s something that we needed, and we’re just going to keep working and trying to get better.”
The ‘dab’ has become a popular celebration for Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, and Bryant acknowledged that it is Newton’s signature dance. But Bryant and Williams had rehearsed it before the game, and were ready to unveil it once Williams found the end zone for the first time since Week 4 in New Orleans.
And, even though the Cowboys held on to win and snap their seven-game losing streak, that sort of penalty certainly didn’t sit well with coach Jason Garrett.
“Celebration penalties, I don’t care why they called it, they called it so we can’t allow that to happen,” Garrett said.
Garrett went on to say that the special teams unit, and defense also had to respond better to make that penalty a non factor in the game.
“That was a bad sequence for our team,” he said.