This was a weekend unlike any other for the Dallas Cowboys. After Sunday's dramatic 20-19 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the team couldn't hold back its emotions any longer.
"We tried to fight together as a family. We got a lot of heavy hearts," Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
At that point, Carr paused to collect himself.
"A lot on our minds," Carr continued. "But by the grace of God we were able to put together a good show today. Represent our family well. Represent ourselves well. Most importantly, represent God well."
It has been a brutal two weeks for Carr, who was close with deceased Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed himself at the team's training facility Dec. 1 after murdering his girlfriend. Then, on Saturday morning, Cowboys practice-squad linebacker Jerry Brown Jr. was killed in a car crash that led to teammate Josh Brent's arrest on an intoxication manslaughter charge.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was more emotional than we've ever seen after Sunday's game.
"It was really challenging, and we had to come together, and the bonds we had as teammates had to get stronger," Garrett said. "Everyone was really, really heartbroken by the situation. I talked to (Brown's) mom after the game. I told her we gave him the game ball. It's not an easy time for anybody. We're going to snap back into it.
"I was really proud of our football team. They found a way to win today. I thought we honored him. I will never forget how this football team honored Jerry Brown and his family. We will never forget about him."Follow Gregg Rosenthal on Twitter @greggrosenthal.