CINCINNATI -- On a beige piece of tape, above a locker in the back of the Dallas Cowboys' locker room here at Paul Brown Stadium, his name was penciled in above the locker.
It read: Jerry Brown, 53.
Brown wasn't a traveling member of the Dallas Cowboys, a practice-squad player who didn't make road trips. But that didn't mean he wasn't a part of Sunday's game, which is why he had an NFL locker on the road for the first time.
Sadly, it will be the last time.
Brown, who was on the team's practice squad for six weeks, died tragically early Saturday morning when he was a passenger in a car that rolled nine times, a car driven by Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent, who was charged with intoxication manslaughter.
The Cowboys, with their heavy hearts, went out and won a game for their fallen teammate, somehow rallying to win a game they didn't seem to have any business winning. The Cowboys scored 10 fourth-quarter points to beat the Cincinnati Bengals 20-19, the final points coming on the final play of the game on a 40-yard field goal by Dan Bailey.
With each rotation of the football, as it cut through the misty Ohio air, the Cowboys waited to celebrate a victory that was like no other.
"There is no playbook for this," Cowboys tight end Jason Witten said.
The game was big for the Cowboys, keeping them in the playoff race at 7-6, a tonic of sorts for the 36 hours of hell they endured, since hearing the sad news of Brown's death.
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