The Cowboys didn’t hide their emotions after Dan Bailey kicked a field goal as time expired to keep the team’s playoff hopes alive.
‘‘I don’t remember crying this much other than maybe the day I was born,’’ Dallas defensive end Marcus Spears said. ‘‘With Josh’s situation and Jerry being gone, you felt it.’’
Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said the team was planning a private memorial service for Tuesday in the Dallas area.
It marked the second straight week the NFL found itself dealing with a tragedy right before game day.
Last Saturday, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend before killing himself in front of his coach and general manager. The 25-year-old Belcher shot himself in the parking lot at the team’s practice complex at Arrowhead Stadium.
AP Sports Writer Joe Kay in Cincinnati and AP writers Sara Burnett and Michelle Janaye Nealy in Chicago contributed to this report.