On Thanksgiving Day, Cowboys CB DaRon Bland establishes NFL single-season pick-six record


Cowboys CB DaRon Bland cemented his place in Cowboys lore by scoring a touchdown during the traditional game played on Thanksgiving Day.

On Thursday, the cornerback for the Cowboys set a new record for the most pick-sixes in a single season in the National Football League. He did this by intercepting a pass intended for the quarterback of the Commanders, Sam Howell, and then returning the ball 63 yards to the end zone while avoiding multiple would-be tacklers.

“To have the fans, the family, the coaches there and do it on Thanksgiving Day is another thing to be thankful for,” Bland commented following the game on CBS. “During that play, I saw the ball, and I saw the receiver run an out route; therefore, I had no choice but to go get the ball.” After that, all I could see was an empty field.”

The score added still another reason to celebrate at the tail end of a 45-10 beating of Washington, and it put Bland above Eric Allen (1993), Jim Kearny (1972), and Ken Houston (1971), the three men he tied with his fourth interception TD only last week. The score also advanced Bland past Eric Allen (1993), Jim Kearny (1972), and Ken Houston (1971).

According to research compiled by NFL Research, Bland’s stunning play also propelled the Cowboys cornerback into first place all-time in the franchise’s annals for career pick-sixes.

It’s just the latest incredible accomplishment for Bland, who was catapulted into the starting lineup after Trevon Diggs tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in practice before Week 3 of the season. It’s been quite a year for Bland.

Since that time, Bland has established himself as one of the most influential playmakers on defense in the game.

This season, he has now collected a total of 48 tackles, 13 pass deflections, and seven interceptions.

Since the first week of the season, Bland has not yet gone more than two games without scoring a defensive touchdown in a row, and the regular season still has six more games left for him to play in which he can try to add to his staggering record.

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