This wasn't about Bryant's troublesome back, which the receiver said felt "absolutely fine" after the game. This was a fundamental and inexcusable flaw in Dallas' game plan.
"I just do what's asked," Bryant said, according to ESPN.com. "That's all I do. I can't answer that."
Romo explained that Bryant was doubled "the entire game, really." This is commonplace for Bryant and all elite wide receivers, of course. We found it telling that Bryant's one catch came following a bit of improv from Romo, who called out for Bryant to swap into the slot position before hitting him with a deep pass down the seam for a 44-yard gain.
That was the totality of Dallas' outside-the-box thinking for the night.
The same is true of the Cowboys with Bryant. The last time Dallas met the Saints, Bryant was targeted 12 times and finished with nine catches for 224 yards and two touchdowns. We're sure Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan had nightmares about what Bryant could do to his game plan. Instead, the Cowboys let him off the hook.