Morris Claiborne told reporters that his first NFL touchdown, on a 50-yard, 4th quarter fumble return on Sunday night, “felt amazing.” But more importantly for team purposes, it bailed out a struggling Cowboys defense and put the game pretty much out of reach of the Eagles, at 38-27. The Eagles responded with a 98-yard Damaris Johnson punt return with around 30 seconds left, but Claiborne’s touchdown would stand as the nail in the coffin.
“That was a pretty damn big relief,” said defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “That’s about all there is to it.”
It was lucky, yeah. But being lucky--as in, being in the right place in the right time--is a characteristic shared by most of the league’s best defensive backs.
“I haven’t been in the end zone in so long and to get in (the end zone) on this stage, you know it was awesome and in a big game like that,” Claiborne said. “It was real big. My teammates … got it out. I am just blessed and fortunate enough to be around the ball and be able to pick it up and get in the end zone with it.”
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