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Terrance Williams has big-play and bounce-back game, all for naught

Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams (83) pulls in a touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter.
Cowboys receiver Terrance Williams (83) pulls in a touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter. AP

What a difference a week makes for receiver Terrance Williams.

He caught three passes for 49 yards in 26-20 overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday night.

For a brief moment, he played the role of Cowboys’ hero with a diving, 17-yard touchdown catch to tie the game late in the fourth quarter.

The Cowboys didn’t get the win becauase the Saints got the ball first in overtime and scored on the second play, an 80-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees to C.J. Spiller.

But that doesn’t take away from Williams’ about-face from the Atlanta game a week ago when he was targeted only three times, caught no passes and had a crucial drop late in the game.

Williams was huge part of the Cowboys’ game plan against the Saints with 10 targets.

The biggest play was the catch on fourth-and-seven from the 17 with 1-minute, 56-seconds left in the game. Quarterback Brandon Weeden threw deep in the right corner of the end zone and Williams laid out and came down with it.

“We practice that play all the time,” Williams said. “In that situation, we’re running a 2-minute drill, and Brandon threw it up there perfectly. I really thougth we had the game won. But there was too much time on the clock. We should have won the game. But we didn’t as we never had a chance in overtime.”

Still, Williams’ play didn’t go unnoticed. Injured receiver Dez Bryant shouted him out in a tweet from his home in Dallas.

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