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.
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