After beating the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday to improve to 7-6 on the season, the Dallas Cowboys took off for Dallas with hearts full of mixed emotions. They were able to keep their slim playoff hopes alive by beating a pretty decent Bengals team, but they did so by carrying a huge emotional weight.
As soon as the whistle blew to end the fourth quarter, the Cowboys sideline erupted with joy, but head coach Jason Garrett simply dropped his headset and burst into tears. The heaviness of the past two days was simply too much for him to handle.
His team would emerge victorious in memory of their fallen teammate, but the win would do little to sooth the pain that the team and two families are feeling tonight.
Cowboys practice squad player Jerry Brown passed away early Saturday morning after the car he was riding in lost control, crashed and burst into flames. The driver of the vehicle was Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, a former college teammate of Brown.
So much to deal with in such a small window, it's a wonder the Cowboys were able to hold it together to get through Sunday's game. Same for the Kansas City Chief's last week as they dealt with the tragedy of Javon Belcher.
Cowboys defensive end Jason Hatcher marched off the field with Brown's jersey as well as linebacker DeMarcus Ware. It was that kind of day.
For the game, the Cowboys had some players who played well when it counted, but some who may find themselves on the bench come next week.
Here are the top winners and losers from Sunday's win against the Bengals.