The game came down to one play for the Giants' offense. With 1:43 remaining, the Giants had everything going in their favor: the score (23-20), the ball (third and goal on the Dallas 1) and the ability to run down the clock in the process of putting up more points because the Cowboys had just used their final timeout.
Here's a short breakdown of the game, what to expect, as well as a prediction.
The Giants face the Cowboys Sunday night at MetLife Stadium in a game the country hopes will be a competitive one. It usually is. The Cowboys have won the past three, but the games have been close. The Cowboys won 31-21 in Week 7, but the previous three contests were decided by five points or less.
The first game between these two teams on Oct. 19 drew 27 million viewers, the sixth most-watched program on American television this season.
"Keep fighting, keep fighting, keep fighting, that is all it takes, one game at a time, bounce back. Again, it is about all of those eyes that look at me on Wednesday morning, I am thinking about them, quite frankly, trying to bring them through the disappointment toward the next opponent."
This game could be one of those hidden land mines like last week's whitewashing at the hands of the Eagles. No one saw it coming. Everyone to a man felt the Giants would either win the game or put up a lot of points in a close loss. This week, the Cowboys are flying high and appear to be unbeatable. No one is buying that the Giants can hang with Dallas this afternoon. The betting line, which opened at Cowboys -4, has ballooned to 6 1/2.
So, can the Giants win this game? Yes, they can. Consider this...
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Much has to do with Murray's health but a great deal of credit for their success in the run game is going to the offensive line, currently considered the league's best. The Cowboys are averaging 160.1 YPG on the ground, tops in the NFL and are third in time of possession (33:51 minutes per game) and first in third-down conversion percentage and first downs per game.
The Cowboys have been gradually building their offensive line over the past few seasons. The group of LT Tyron Smith, LG Ronald Leary, C Travis Frederick, RG Zack Martin and RT Doug Free have become the talk of the NFL.
Last week, the Giants went into Philadelphia riding high, scoring 30 or more points three straight weeks. The Eagles (now 5-1) shut them out and shut them down cold.
This week, the Giants (3-3) drag their tails into Dallas to play the 5-1 Cowboys, who are coming off a convincing win over the defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks in Seattle. Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett knows not to be fooled by the Giants' recent misstep in Philly.
I went with the Saints on the road over the Panthers, and until the last drive, I was sitting pretty. But of course, Cam Newton hits former Giant Domenik Hixon for a touchdown, which allows Carolina to cover the spread.
Then I take a gamble and bet against the Seahawks at home with the Cardinals. I was really just expecting the Cards to cover the 10.5-point spread, and not only did they do that, but they wound up winning the game. Go figure.
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Unfortunately that wasn?t the case, as settling for field goals on two early trips into the red zone ultimately sealed Big Blue?s fate in a 24-21 loss to the Cowboys.
Sure, the weather was a factor in this one, but Tony Romo didn?t look like he had too much trouble throwing the ball on that final drive. It?s no excuse.
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Turnovers, which killed the Giants in their first meeting with Dallas, have reared their ugly head again. Victor Cruz was stripped of the ball by Dallas DB Orlando Scandrick. The ball was scooped up by Jeff Heath an taken to the house for a 7-0 Dallas lead.
A 10-play, 74-yard drive that stalled on the Dallas 3. Josh Brown hit a 21-yard FG to narrow the score to 7-3.
Giants' QB Eli Manning will be starting his 145th consecutive game today, the third highest number for a QB in NFL history. Brett Favre holds the record with a whopping 297 ( for three teams from 1992-2010) and brother Peyton's 208 (Indianapolis, 1998-2010).
Eli's streak is currently second among active players. Redskins' LB London Fletcher has started in 209 consecutive games and has played in 250 straight games.
Pretty silly question if you ask me. After starting the season at 0-6, limiting their maximum win total to 10, every game has become a must-win. Of course the Giants getting to ten wins would be nothing short of a miracle and something that's never been done in the history of the league.
But nothing is impossible as long as there is opportunity. And the Giants have been making the most out of their opportunities the past four games. If they have any designs on creating history, they must win Sunday.
For the second straight day, the Giants had all 53 players out on the field and practicing. CB Corey Webster (groin, ankle) will be out tomorrow. RB Brandon Jacobs (knee) and WR Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) are listed as questionable but will likely dress.
RB John Conner (hip), CB Trumaine McBride (hip), DE Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), CB Terrell Thomas (knee) are all probable and are expected to play.
Big Blue?s offense has shown some decent signs of life the past few weeks, but the unit still has not hit its stride.
In the Week 1 loss to the Cowboys, Victor Cruz, Hakeem Nicks and Rueben Randle all racked up 100-plus yards receiving, so Eli Manning is hoping he can spread the ball around on the Cowboys? depleted secondary.
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In Week 12, the Giants (4-6) host the Dallas Cowboys (5-5) in a game that has huge implications for both squads.
The Cowboys won the Week 1 matchup 36-31 in Dallas, so the Giants would need this win to even the head-to-head matchups in case that factors into a playoff tiebreaker.
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From SNYGiants contributor Jon Wagner
The same old story between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys appeared to be unfolding again as quarterback Eli Manning seemed poised to find yet another way of breaking the Cowboys? hearts late in the fourth quarter.
The Giants turned the ball over six times en route to an extremely frustrating 36-31 loss Sunday night to the Cowboys. Dallas scored 17 points off Giants? turnovers.
For the offense in the preseason, the two main questions involved running back David Wilson adapting to a starting role and the offensive line trying to work through a multitude of injuries.
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Giants head coach Tom Coughlin is 11-9 against the Cowboys in the regular season, 10-7 as the Giants? head coach and 1-2 with Jacksonville. Coughlin is 1-0 against the Cowboys in the postseason.
QB Eli Manning is 11-7 lifetime vs the Cowboys, throwing for 4,420 yards and 34 TDs while completing 60.6% of his passes with a QB rating of 89.5.
For the season, NFL games rank as the 12 most-watched TV shows since Labor Day. Following are the most-watched programs this fall:
|1. NBC Sunday Night Football (Steelers-Broncos), 9/9||27.6 million|
|2. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-Cowboys), 10/28||26.9 million|
|3. FOX Sunday National (mostly 49ers-Packers), 9/9||26.4 million|
|4. CBS Sunday National (mostly Broncos-Patriots), 10/7||24.5 million|
|5. CBS Sunday National (mostly Texans-Broncos), 9/23||24.0 million|
|6. NBC Wednesday Night Kickoff Game (Cowboys-Giants), 9/5||23.9 million|
|7. CBS Sunday National (mostly Jets-Patriots), 10/21||23.0 million|
|8. FOX Sunday National (mostly Giants-49ers), 10/14||22.8 million|
|9. NBC Sunday Night Football (Giants-Eagles), 9/30||22.8 million|
|10. FOX Sunday National (mostly Saints-Packers), 9/30||22.3 million|
|11. NBC Sunday Night Football (Lions-49ers), 9/16||21.3 million|
|12. NBC Sunday Night Football (Patriots-Ravens), 9/23||21.3 million|
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Tom Coughlin himself has been left to wonder......"I don?t have any answer for you, other than the fact that they had two plays in the end zone that are going to take more than four seconds apiece. I don?t have any other formula than that. You have to speculate on the rest of that......Then there?s unmentioned yesterday, the longest 10 seconds I?ve ever been around. They got three plays in 10 seconds. Two of which went to the end zone. Seems like a little much to me. We?ll have to see if we can get some kind of response from the league on that."
Maybe the real question should be: How can a team run 9 plays in 44 seconds? Well, eight of those plays were passes. The other was a spike to stop the clock. Dallas managed the time perfectly....or did they?
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WFAN's Paul Dottino: "A slew of tweets shortly after 1 a.m. confirmed that Big Blue outran two opponents Sunday: the Cowboys and Hurricane Sandy..."
We have landed back in NJ!
? New York Giants (@Giants) October 29, 2012The Giants' beat reporters were not so lucky. Or maybe they are. Many of them are driving back from Texas to the Metro Area - which is approximately a 1,500 mile drive.
In the old days before instant replay, the Dallas Cowboys would have walked out of Cowboys Stadium as winners yesterday.
But technology and science has changed the way we view and manage everything we do in life. Sometimes it works for you. Sometimes against you. Today, the Giants are happy for the technological advances the game of football has embraced.
The big hands of Dez Bryant are part of what makes him one of the more dangerous wide receivers in the NFL, and yet that same physical gift cost the Dallas Cowboys a victory by the slimmest of margins on Sunday.
With ten just seconds left, one of Bryant?s large mitts held on to a desperation 37-yard heave from quarterback Tony Romo, but the other was a little too big to keep in bounds, as Bryant?s fingertips ever so slightly touched the white paint beyond the back of the blue end zone.
For most of the game, the Giants had a weak rushing attack, and Eli Manning was not his traditional self in Cowboys Stadium.
After the 56-yard Rueben Randle catch on the opening drive, it almost seemed as if the Giants would just steam roll the Cowboys, playing without middle linebacker Sean Lee. But that drive only yielded a field goal.
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The defense collectively had a rough day, as they allowed Tony Romo to make big plays all over the field, throwing for 437 yards. Three Dallas receivers ? Miles Austin, Jason Witten and Dez Bryant ? each had over 100 yards receiving on the day.
But Stevie Brown?s effort helped the Giants preserve the victory. Brown picked off two passes and recovered a fumble. He?s now second in the NFL in interceptions with five.
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The Giants scored the first 23 points. The Cowboys scored the next 24. The Giants woke back up in the fourth quarter and took a 29-24 lead with 3:31 left.
Each team made more than their share of errors. Dallas made errors of commission, while the Giants made ones of omission. The Giants made one less, however, in what seemed to be the longest non-overtime game in the history of the NFL.
According to vegasinsider.com, the wagering has been 93% in favor of the Giants. The over is getting significant play at 83%.
Here are some trends courtesy of covers.com:
The Post's Mike Vaccaro and Mark Hale break down the heated rematch in Dallas.
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Kel Dansby: The Giants are due for a let down performance, but it wont happen this weekend in Dallas. Jerry World has become "The House that Eli built" and Eli will put forth his best performance of the year. I see the defense forcing 3 Tony Romo turnovers and the Giants winning comfortably. To be more specific the Cowboys will go up 13-3 in the first quarter and the giants will score 17 unanswered points to take a 20-13 halftime lead. The Giants defense will take it from there and hold the Cowboys to 7 second half points. Giants 34, Cowboys 20
Sam Spiegelman: These are two teams that have gone off in opposite directions since they last met. Eli Manning is a front runner for MVP honors midway through the season and the Giants' defense is beginning to regain its form. Dallas has a talented secondary and Demarcus Ware's talents are obvious, but the Giants' receivers and offensive line are strengths. I expect Manning and Co. to make ammends for their Week 1 loss in a convincing win. Giants 35, Cowboys 20?
From Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com
...Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was absent from the open portion of practice to the media on Friday morning.
Ware hasn't practiced all week due to the flu and because of the weather conditions, several players wore gloves and sweats, cornerback Mike Jenkins even wore a wool mask, staying out of the practice session was mainly a precaution.
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For the G-Men, it's a chance to get revenge for Jerry Jones' comments following his Cowboys' win in the season opener and extend their lead in the NFC East. A win would situate Big Blue at 6-2 and potentially three games better than the runner-up.
For the Boys, it's an opportunity to sweep the series against New York for the first time since 2007 and make ground on the division-leading Giants. Both Dallas and Philadelphia are sitting at 3-3, with the Eagles facing a tough one vs. Atlanta.
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Manning lost his first six career starts in 2004, but on the final week of the season, he led the Giants to a 28-24 home win over the Dallas Cowboys for his first career victory.
Maybe that win gave Eli a confidence boost, because he?s played historically well against the Cowboys in his career.
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"Against this team, [regarded] by many as arguably the best team in the NFL, we wanted all hands on deck," Jones said Wednesday as per Charean Williams of the Star-Telegram. "It is disappointing not to have two players of that caliber. I've said all along I think this team has an opportunity to be a contender, but the one exception that I made was ... sitting as we're sitting right now, health-wise, injury can make a difference and does in the NFL. It's been my experience when you do have a situation like this, others will step up. Others on the field at different positions will compensate."
No one ever gives the Giants a break for losing key players.Tom Coughlin?never uses injuries as an excuse and his players never blame losing or poor play or in cases where they are missing key players.