It wasn’t the best day for Dez Bryant.
That’s actually saying the least, considering it included both sideline theatrics and on-the-field mistakes that helped pack up the Dallas Cowboys‘ regular season and stuff it into a coffin. While the former is more often than not a fabricate narrative given Bryant’s passion for the game, it may be a valid take this time around. It appeared the All-Pro wideout was pleading for the ball, and he’d get his wish.
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The result would be a fumble that resulted in a touchdown for the Seattle Seahawks and after a great 33-yard grab late in the third quarter with the Cowboys’ down only two points and threatening, quarterback Dak Prescott would immediately follow-up with another throw — albeit inaccurate — to Bryant that hit him in the hands before morphing into a tip drill and interception.
Seattle would score on that eventual drive as well, and never again relinquish the lead en route to a 21-12 win over Dallas.
All-Pro safety Earl Thomas figures he knows exactly why the interception happened, and made it clear after the game. For his part, he believes it was Bryant’s chickens coming home to roost.
“He was just talking [trash] to me previous and the QB scrambled and made a great play and he extended the play and threw the deep over route to Dez,” Thomas said, via Jori Epstein of The Dallas Morning News. “And you know Dez get up and talking smack. Then the next play he muffed the ball and we catch a pick. See? Karma.”
The comment was made in jest though, for the most part.
“Dez know I’m just joking,” said the All-Pro.
Thomas and the Seahawks are certainly in position to laugh, but Bryant isn’t smiling after helping cost the Cowboys a must-win game. His offseason will come equipped with a myriad questions, and the answers — if any — should be interesting.
[H/t Jori Epstein of The Dallas Morning News]