Bill Murray playing Johnny Carson in a clip goes down as one of the greatest TV ads of all time. But perhaps nobody found the emotive side to it more than Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott.
The 23-year-old star of Friday’s broadcast obviously remembers watching the TV ad and thought about how Cooper and tight end Anthony Fasano might have executed it if it happened in practice. So, he made it happen.
After their second failed punt, Prescott executed a high and tight pass. Cooper leapt high into the air to haul in the ball, then landed to retrieve it and dove to the turf to tuck it away. Rightfully, no Cowboys were seen scoring on that drive, but Prescott’s gesture and Cooper’s super move resonated with the team. The game ended on a 77-yard touchdown pass from Prescott to Cooper, and Coop later fumbled the ball on a 2-point conversion attempt but the Cowboys recovered.
Like it or not, Cooper’s route to a breakout season seems to be winding down. But for Prescott, the immaculate no-look throw to Cooper (which happened to play on the television during a commercial break), was genius. This was most like a drill run by Peyton Manning.