2. Noah Brown
Noah Brown’s second touchdown of the day, coming on 3rd & 6 after a Tony Romo-esque Prescott spin move (I learned that from you,dad!), was the single biggest offensive play of the game for Dallas, saving a time-consuming drive from sputtering out at the last second.
Unfortunately, Brown’s score is now going to be buried in a pile of criticism and injury concerns.
The symbol of the end of this contest will not be Brown’s diving grab, but rather his premature wave to the Jacksonville crowd, which only served to awaken and embolden them.
With only 3:02 remaining, Lawrence somehow got not one, but two chances to win the game in regulation, nearly reaching field goal range before losing the ball, then winnowing a pass through Donovan Wilson’s hands to set up the game-tying kick.
Brown’s skills were on full display Sunday, as evidenced by his six catches for 49 yards and two scores. Forget Odell Beckham Jr. and TY Hilton; there’s genuine ability here to supplement Dallas’ offensive attack in January.
His poise and composure were not, though, undermining his own heroics with an unnecessarily confident gesture before the clock ran out. Thanks to the events that unfolded after his ill-timed wave, the Cowboys are now almost guaranteed to be playing their crucial January football on the road.
And, of course, Brown came up small as the clock expired, too, tipping the game-losing interception to a hungry Jaguars defense. Tough play, but … one he could’ve come down with that further papered over his hard work from the fourth quarter.