Dez Bryant is one of the best receivers in the NFL, if not the best. But on Sunday night Bryant's personal pursuit of glory cost Dallas Cowboys the chance to challenge for a place in the Super Bowl next weekend.
Late in the fourth quarter while trailing by five points on a huge fourth down play for the Cowboys, Bryant went up above Packers’ cornerback Sam Shields to collect a huge catch – which took Dallas to within one yard of the endzone.
Bryant’s catch was incredible. You can’t discount that, the video on THIS LINK displays that for all to see. But the whole process of the catch was not incredible. In fact, on his way down to the turf Bryant got greedy and tried to get himself a touchdown.
Bryant made a huge mistake
Bryant subsequently reached out to try and get the touchdown and didn’t complete the process of catch, with the ball clearly moving when he hit the ground. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy did well to get the challenge flag out early and Dallas had to turn the ball over on downs.
I know you might think, ‘well that’s what any wideout would do’. Well, no, on the next series rookie Davante Adams showed that when you make a big play you should make sure you keep the ball safe and make the play count, which Adams did by hitting the deck to avoid being tackled.
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Individuals don't win championships
Green Bay were handed the ball and the Cowboys never managed to get their hands on it again after Bryant’s huge mistake. Maybe next time Bryant will remember he’s playing a team game. Had Bryant not attempted to go for touchdown he would have certainly caught the ball. Dallas would have subsequently almost certainly gone on to score a touchdown moments later.
Teams win championships, not individuals.