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“We got bit this time, I guess,” defensive end Brian Orakpo said. “We got caught this time. … This one hurts. I’m not going to lie to you. This hurts. Because we know we had the game at the end. They made a huge play. It’s very disappointing.”

No one was more disappointed than Hall, who had battled Bryant all night. Before that play, the cornerback had had a good night, holding Bryant to three catches for 33 yards.

Then one huge play turned Hall’s good night into a nightmare.

“[Bryant] made a couple good catches,” Hall said, looking down. “They really didn’t target him that much, so it’s hard to take a lot from that.

“But I guess he caught it when he needed to. Third-and-21.”