Seating arrangements are decided by the team, so it was predetermined that when the team boarded the flight back to Texas, wide receiver Roy Williams would be sitting next to offensive tackle Alex Barron.
Who made that assignment? Daniel Snyder?
It was Barron, of course, who was called for holding Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo, thereby nullifying the would-be go-ahead touchdown Williams caught on the game's final play. Williams said had no harsh words for Barron and said he told his teammate that his gaffe was made more visible only because of the circumstances surrounding it.
"I dapped him up and told him it was magnified because it was the last play," Williams said. "But offensive linemen hold in every game. Receivers drop balls in every game. It happens."
More than many of his teammates, Williams seemed Tuesday like he already has swallowed the loss and has redirected his focus to this week's opponent, the Chicago Bears.
"I feel good," he said, while many of his teammates stewed over Sunday's game that left the Cowboys behind the Redskins and New York Giants in the standings. "I'm moving on to next week. It was a tough loss, but we've got 15 more games to go."
Williams said that when he caught quarterback Tony Romo's pass in the right side of the end zone, he knew right away the play might get called back.
"I saw the flag, and I wasn't excited immediately," Williams said. "I didn't know what the call was, but I knew there was something."
Before the flag, however, Williams said he consciously knew how big the play could be.
"I was thinking, ‘catch this ball — if you drop this one, you might get fired the next day,'" he said. "I've had a game end when I did drop a pass — the Holiday Bowl in 2000, when (fellow University of Texas receiver) B.J. Johnson and I both dropped a pass. I didn't want to feel that again."
Williams called the loss "tough" and said that even when running back Marion Barber and other teammates piled on top of him in celebration of the catch that ended up getting nullified by the flag on Barron.
"There's nothing you can do," he said. "I just fell, so I didn't get hurt, and he didn't get hurt. But I knew it was coming back."
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