Punter Chris Jones had never previously experienced the bottom of the pile.
“I was like, ‘Get the ball, wrap it up and hang on for dear life, and hopefully they’ll come over and save me,’” Jones said Wednesday.
Redskins returner DeSean Jackson fumbled a Jones punt with 1:26 remaining. J.J. Wilcox forced it, and linebacker Damien Wilson unknowingly kicked the loose ball. Jones, who was just standing and watching, found himself in the right place at the right time.
“It just kind of popped out my way,” Jones said. “It wasn’t taking any crazy bounces, so I was able to get on it and hug it like a… I don’t know what. I don’t know how I had it. It was everything I could do just to hang on.”
Jones knew he was safe when Danny McCray jumped on top of him, hanging onto his first career fumble recovery. The Cowboys have only one other fumble recovery this season.
“I could hear Danny,” Jones said. “He jumped on me and said, ‘I got you. I got you.’ I said, ‘All right, we’re good. We’ve got a couple of guys against their guys, so we’ll be all right.’”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett called the play “arguably the biggest play of the game.” It led to a go-ahead touchdown, though the Cowboys still needed a field goal with nine seconds remaining to put away the Redskins.