Just a BIT outside. Down 10-0 early in Sunday’s Wild Card matchup with San Francisco, the Cowboys resorted to trickery with Cedrick Wilson looking for teammate Tony Pollard on an ill-advised lateral that was doomed from the start.
Wilson was credited with a seven-yard reception and a fumble on the play with the Cowboys retaining possession at their own 19-yard-line. It’s unclear (though Mike McCarthy will undoubtedly be asked about it in his post-game remarks) if Wilson improvised the lateral or if that was how the play was drawn up. You may recall Wilson and offensive coordinator Kellen Moore are both alums of Boise State, a school that produced one of the most famous laterals in college football history, a do-or-die “hook and ladder” to stun Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl.
Wilson was, predictably, the subject of much mockery on social media with fans having a hardy laugh at the wide receiver’s expense.
Though he may not have shown it on that particular play, Wilson actually has a decent arm, as he demonstrated against the Cardinals in Week 17, finding Pollard downfield for a 31-yard pickup.
A complementary player early in the year, Wilson has been thrust into a featured role of late, the result of Michael Gallup’s season-ending ACL injury. He’s made the most of that opportunity—save for his bizarre lateral—entering Sunday with 11 catches for 154 yards and three touchdowns over his previous two games.