It seems the Week 9 conflict between the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers was all about one facet derailing what the opposite facet thought would occur. Coming into as huge two-touchdown underdogs and anticipated to be eviscerated on their very own subject, the 2-6 Cowboys as a substitute gave the 7-0 Steelers the sport of their life earlier than in the end falling in a 24-19 nail biter, thanks largely to JuJu Smith-Schuster coming alive within the fourth quarter.
Quiet for a lot of the sport, the flashy Professional Bowl large receiver grabbed a go from Ben Roethlisberger firstly of the ultimate session and maneuvered his well past two defenders to attain his lone landing on the day and shrink the Steelers deficit to only 4 factors. He’d then pop up instantly and make a beeline to midfield, having plans to imitate the well-known Terrell Owens celebration in 2000 — when Owens ran to the Star emblem and posed earlier than being leveled by security George Teague — however Smith-Schuster’s plan was interrupted when defensive finish Randy Gregory slapped the ball out of his arms.
Nonetheless decided, the Smith-Schuster picked up the ball and commenced sprinting to midfield anyway, solely to see defensive lineman Antwaun Woods patrolling, ready for him to offer it a shot. A former teammate of Woods at USC, Smith-Schuster in the end determined towards his unique plan — having admitted after the sport that mirroring Owens is strictly what he was setting as much as do.
Having seen Smith-Schuster sneak away to do a pre-game Tik Tok dance on the Star at midfield, earlier than the Cowboys took the sphere, Woods was on purple alert for the celebration try in the course of the sport.
“I noticed a video earlier than the sport that had him on the star,” Woods advised media following the sport. “He is at all times doing stuff on TikTok. I knew with him being my faculty teammate that was one thing he would possibly do. I used to be going to make certain he did not get there.
“We’ve zero tolerance for that.”
Smith-Schuster as a substitute did the celebration on the 20-yard line, uninterrupted.
For his half, regardless of the celebration not going down at midfield, Owens loved it.
“I see ya JuJu!!!” tweeted the Corridor of Fame receiver. “Let em know!!!”
Smith-Schuster ended the sport with a team-high 93 receiving yards and have become the go-to for Roethlisberger, together with tight finish Eric Ebron, each serving to to maintain the Steelers undefeated going into Week 10. The Cowboys protection, which has been traditionally dangerous in 2020, performed with hearth and self-discipline for the second consecutive week — the final two losses being extra attributable to the struggling offense and carousel of quarterbacks following the season-ending damage to Dak Prescott.
They pressured the Steelers into the bottom level tally of the season and almost shocked the world within the course of, however virtually does not rely, and all concerned perceive that reality. But when Gregory and Woods could not will their workforce to a win in Week 9, for them, the least they may do is defend the Star.