The Cowboys admit the sun played a part in Jason Witten failing to hold onto a ball on the final drive of their loss to the Giants.
“Yeah, it was, but you know what you still should make the plays,” the tight end said. “There’s no question about that. The sun kind of got us on a little bit. But we still need to make those plays. I need to make it.”
Other teams have complained about the glare at the end of 3:25 p.m. games, with the sun shining through the west windows at AT&T Stadium. But it marked the first time since the stadium opened in 2009 that the Cowboys have complained about it.
“It was like on the right side of the field breaking out,” receiver Cole Beasley said. “So Witten had one where the sun was an issue. He was looking right into it. That last one I caught, I didn’t have any issues.”
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The sun also earned some blame on an incomplete pass intended for Dez Bryant with 5:33 remaining in the fourth quarter.
“Yeah, it did,” Bryant said. “The safety [Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] made a hell of a play. He really did.”
Said Jerry Jones, “Well, I saw that one with Dez, and I saw really Witten. Those two. That’s certainly, looking back in that sun, but to some degree they’ve got it too when they come in there. Those were bright spots. Actually, I thought the sun, while it may have impacted those two throws, I thought the sun was pretty good out there today.”