Anyone else forget what it was like to play a close game? We certainly didn't miss that anxiety and chewed fingernails, but it was exhilarating nonetheless as the Dallas Cowboys came from behind in the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night.
It looked bleak for a while in the second half, but Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb and Jake Ferguson came up huge for the Cowboys. Even Micah Parsons put the game on ice with a de facto sack on Geno Smith on fourth down with 1:07 left in regulation after he was double- and triple-teamed all game.
That foursome will get most of the credit, and rightfully so, but several players came up clutch throughout the game that helped Dallas pull out the win. With that in mind, here are four unsung heroes from the thrilling victory.
4 & 3. Tyron Smith, Zack Martin
We're lumping Smith and Martin together because they delivered a similar (almost identical) highlight-reel block that afforded Prescott enough time to make a play in the red zone.
First up is Martin, who picked up a sneaky stunt by the Seahawks pass rush and blocked two rushers in one motion.
Initially tasked with blocking one of Seattle's interior defenders, Martin recognized the edge rusher loop around Terence Steele hoping to get a free run at Prescott. This would normally work but Martin was on his toes and stonewalled the rusher, which allowed Dak enough time to find KaVontae Turpin for a first down.
The drive ended in a field goal, but that's no fault of Martin's, who's play set Dallas up with 1st and goal from the 2-yard line.
Tyron Smith's heads-up play actually led to a touchdown. Left on an island as Tyler Smith and Tyler Biadasz double-teamed a rusher up the middle, the elder Smith took on two Seahawks pass rushers and won.
Recognizing he sealed the edge for his QB, Smith moved off that block to gobble up the second rusher, who made a beeline for Prescott. If not for Smith, the rusher likely gets to Prescott or pressures him enough to distort his throw, which connected with Brandin Cooks in the end zone to give Dallas a 17-7 lead.
Every touchdown mattered in this game for the Cowboys. This one probably doesn't happen if Smith doesn't execute this heads-up play.