CultureMap Dallas: If DeMarcus Lawrence’s big play points to future greatness, it was worth the wait

Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence sacks Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during Sunday's NFC playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

Cowboys defensive end Demarcus Lawrence sacks Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford during Sunday’s NFC playoff game at AT&T Stadium.

When the Dallas Cowboys drafted DeMarcus Lawrence in the second round of last May’s NFL draft, they felt like they were getting a first-round caliber player. But Lawrence hadn’t done much to suggest that the Cowboys had gotten that sort of a value until Sunday’s NFL Wild Card victory over the Detroit Lions.

Lawrence saved his showiest play of this season for the Cowboys’ final defensive snap of Sunday’s game. He bull rushed Lions tackle Riley Reiff and came up on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford’s blind side to sack the former Highland Park star, force a fumble and then recover the football at midfield with less than a minute left to clinch the Cowboys’ 24-20 victory.

It was Lawrence’s first career NFL sack, regular season or postseason. And it almost didn’t matter.

In my latest story at CultureMap Dallas, I tell you why Lawrence nearly played the fool on Sunday and how his near-lost season is no longer for naught.

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Until next time …

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