The Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers put on quite the show yesterday. In the end, the Cowboys came out victorious with a 35-30 win. It was an epic battle that went back and forth for the duration of the game. There were seven lead changes, with four of them occurring in the final eight minutes! A 32 yard touchdown run by Ezekiel Elliott with nine seconds remaining would put Dallas on top for good and solidified their eighth straight win. The win streak ties the 1977 Cowboys team for the longest in franchise history.
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant caught six passes for a season-high 116 yards. Another solid performance in the career of the star receiver. One of his highlights included a 50-yard touchdown in the third quarter. However, his celebration this time around was a little different. Bryant, looked up and pointed to the sky. It was an emotional moment as this gesture was paying tribute to his father, MacArthur Hatton, who passed away the day before.
Dez Bryant did not speak to reporters after the game but he let his inspiring performance do the talking on this occasion. A day after losing one of the most significant figures in his life, Bryant responded with his best game of the season. "I think the game gives him peace," said Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott, "I told him, 'your father is watching, he's got the best seat in the house.' I told him to honor him today and Dez went out and did exactly that and had a great night." After the game an emotional Bryant was awarded the game ball by his head coach Jason Garrett.
On top of his incredible on-field performance, Bryant also honored his father with this touching tribute...
Sometimes, the game can be a beautiful tool used to help ease the pain on an individual. It can be an escape from reality. Dez Bryant's family helped him reach his goal of playing in the NFL. Now, his 'football family' is helping him make it through a tough chapter in his personal life. He surely made his father proud with his performance yesterday. We send our condolences to the Bryant family.