Terrance Williams had never received an “atta-boy” for a penalty, but it happened after Sunday’s game.
In the third quarter against the Eagles, the Cowboys faced a third-and-goal from the Philadelphia 5-yard line. Dak Prescott threw toward Williams in the back of the end zone, but Eagles defensive back Leodis McKelvin had position for an interception.
Williams grabbed McKelvin to assure he didn’t pick the ball.
“I was trying to just work with Dak on scramble drills but that didn’t work out,” Williams said. “When I saw him throw the ball, I was just like the ball is the most important thing. Coach Scott [Linehan] and coach [Jason] Garrett always say it’s our ball or nobody else’s ball. I wasn’t to get the corner get a chance for a pick.”
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The Cowboys kicked a 23-yard field goal to pull within a touchdown. Garrett called Williams’ penalty, which the Eagles declined, one of the key plays in the team’s victory.
“Great play. It was a big-time play. It really was,” Garrett said. “Dak was trying to extend the play and give Terrance a chance on that particular play. He didn’t get enough on the ball. Terrance did a fantastic job just going to get it. Somehow, some way he was going to get that ball out from the defender. Really, really smart play and a big play in the ball game to save us some points.”