It was an otherwise ugly day in Kansas City, a parade of penalties and miscues on both sides, when Miles Austin snatched a quick pass from Tony Romo and took it for a sixty-yard touchdown and an overtime win.
This was a fitting cherry on top of a career day for Austin, who ended with ten catches for 250 yards and two touchdowns, each of which included long runs after the catch. There is a supposed problem with respect to "playmakers" on Dallas' roster since the departure of Terrell Owens.
Austin's performance on Sunday makes a fairly legitimate case for the 25 year-old being the solution.
Making his first start in the absence of Roy Williams, who was shelved this week with a nagging rib injury, Austin proved what coaches have insisted tirelessly over his four-year career, indeed the reason why so many around Dallas shuddered when the Jets took an interest in him this off-season: That he is a legitimate threat, with a legitimate upside.
Austin's first catch-and-run for a touchdown, which went 59 yards, should've ended the debacle of a game; but ill-timed bad defense reared it's ugly, relenting head once more, as Kansas City drove 72 yards for a score, to tie things up.
So he did it again, this time going sixty yards before hitting pay dirt, where he was mobbed by joyful teammates.
The Monmouth product's 250 yards breaks "Bullet" Bob Hayes' franchise record for most in a game of 246, which stood for 33 years.
"I just wanted people [to know] that I'm ready to play, and, you know, show my teammates," Austin said after the win. "I wanted to do it for my teammates, to show them I want to contribute, to the team, you know, as much as I can and I was able to today and it was big for us."
Yes. Yes it was.