Look, with two storied franchises like the New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys, you know there was going to be fireworks in Foxborough.
But what we got in the final minutes of Sunday’s game delivered beyond expectations.
The Dallas Cowboys were the favorite, with some variation on the points depending on where you bet. Albeit, a trip up north meant that it wasn’t by much, just 1-4 points depending on when and where. However, the number that didn’t budge so much was the total, which clocked in at 50.5.
So when Trevon Diggs pulled in his league-leading 7th interception and scored for the Dallas Cowboys to make it a 26-21 game, fans and bettors alike were stoked. The over was now a real possibility, plus Dallas dealt a seemingly back-breaking blow to the Patriots.
“BEST CB IN THE LEAGUE IVE BEEN SAYING THIS” tweeted @xClxssy.
@Bryann4KT dropped a similar sentiment.
“I’ve seen enough, give him DPOTY already.”
But the NFL is the NFL, and that means one highlight play is typically followed by another.
New England Patriots Immediately Respond to Dallas Cowboys Trevon Diggs Pick-Six
So. Rookie quarterback Mac Jones throws a pick to Trevon Diggs(his former teammate at Alabama) and it looks dire at Gillette Stadium. But you know how you respond to a pick-six? You hit the open man in stride and take back the lead.
Goodness. The Cowboys’ momentum swung right back as Diggs gets caught out, the safety makes a bad read and Patriots wide receiver Kendrick Bourne takes it to the house. You can’t write it any better.
Of course, the love for Diggs flipped to criticism.
“HE GOT BURNT LOL” @Gr8estOfA11Time said.
“He just cooked Diggs,” @Officialj0nn also added, referring to Kendrick Bourne.
Many pointed out that Diggs has had some fortune while on the field. Interceptions are the type of stat that always require a bit of luck, but the consensus amongst his critics is that he doesn’t do much to cause picks.
“That’s y’all’s dpoy? His picks come from him getting lucky tipped picks,” @ATLSportStan posted.
Perhaps the best way to sum up Trevon Diggs’ final minutes comes from @sadsteelersguy.
“The many faces of Trevon Diggs.”
Takes It in Dramatic Overtime Finish
While both sides had miscues or big plays late, a last-minute field goal from Greg Zuerlein kept the Cowboys alive. Overtime was required for a winner to be decided.
In the end, the Cowboys were able to hold off the opening drive of overtime. But the Cowboys’ electric receiver CeeDee Lamb came through as he did all game, catching the game-winning drive after getting wide open.
Just another Sunday in the NFL.