Brandon Carr #39 of the Dallas Cowboys runs after making a pass interception in overtime against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on December 16, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.
When Brandon Carr inked a big ol' free agent deal with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason, he was expected to come in and immediately make an impact as a physical cornerback with the potential to be a shutdown-type guy.
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan was excited about having the former Chief in his secondary and saw him as a valuable piece to Ryan's aggressive defensive scheme. But for much of the season, Cowboys fans didn't see the results they wanted.
In the past two weeks, however, Carr has made two of the biggest defensive plays of the season with his interception in last week's win at Cincinnati that set up a fourth-quarter score and then on Sunday when he intercepted Ben Roethlisberger on the second play of overtime and took it back to the Pittsburgh 1-yard line to set up Dan Bailey's chip-shot game-winner. He also broke up three passes in the game.
With rookie cornerback Morris Claiborne out on Sunday with an injury, Carr was called upon even more and responded in a big way. Now, the New Orleans Saints and Drew Brees come to town in a must-win game for the Cowboys to remain in a good playoff position down the stretch and they'll need another clutch game from their prized cornerback.