ARLINGTON, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett preaches daily, weekly, incessantly and seemingly boringly every week about staying focused, poised and controlling what you can control no matter the situation.
It's worked well for Cowboys all season as they dealt with a roller coaster that is running back Ezekiel Elliott's legal battle with the NFL in federal court over his six-game suspension for violating the league's personal conduct policy for allegedly committed domestic violence against a former girlfriend.
After being suspended again on Monday, Elliott got back on the field with another court ruling on Friday.
But it was in Sunday's 28-17 victory against the Kansas City Chiefs in which the Cowboys put Garrett's lessons to the test on the football field with character building, big-boy answers in the face of seeming incredulous circumstances before a packed house of 93,273 fans at AT&T Stadium.
Imagine being ahead 14-3 with 21 second left in the first half following an 82-yard scoring drive. It was a drive that included a 21-yard pass to Dez Bryant on a third-and-15 play from their 15 and a 56-yard pass to Terrance Williams on a broken play before quarterback Dak Prescott scrambles 10 yards to the end zone on a third-and-goal play from the 10.
"Terrance stepped up, got some opportunities, and took advantage of them," Garrett said. "He was a big part of our success today."
The drive gave the Cowboys confidence, momentum and seemingly control of the game.
Then imagine being down 17-14 the next time you touched the ball.
"Staying focused," Prescott said. "We expect points. Nothing changes our focus. We just didn't have a chance to get the ball.
"We're still growing. We're still not there yet."