There was no magic early on last night....key plays in bold:
First Drive: New York Giants at 15:00, (1st play from scrimmage 14:56)1-10-NYG 16 (14:56) E.Manning pass incomplete deep left to H.Nicks.
2-10-NYG 16 (14:49) E.Manning pass short middle to V.Cruz to NYG 21 for 5 yards (S.Lee) [J.Hatcher].
3-5-NYG 21 (14:05) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short middle to V.Cruz.4-5-NYG 21 (13:58) S.Weatherford punts 56 yards to DAL 23, Center-Z.DeOssie. D.Bryant to DAL 24 for 1 yard (Z.DeOssie).
A three-and-out to start the season, not a good sign. Three passing plays, too.
The defense responded by stifling the Cowboys on three plays and forcing a punt.
Second Drive: New York Giants at 12:091-10-NYG 13 (12:09) A.Bradshaw left tackle to NYG 15 for 2 yards (J.Hatcher, J.Price-Brent).
2-8-NYG 15 (11:31) D.Wilson right tackle to NYG 18 for 3 yards (D.Ware, S.Lee).
3-5-NYG 18 (10:50) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass deep left to V.Cruz ran ob at NYG 44 for 26 yards (G.Sensabaugh).
1-10-NYG 44 (10:20) E.Manning pass short middle to M.Bennett to DAL 47 for 9 yards (B.Carter).
2-1-DAL 47 (9:36) PENALTY on NYG-V.Cruz, False Start, 5 yards, enforced at DAL 47 - No Play.
2-6-NYG 48 (9:12) E.Manning pass short right to M.Bennett to DAL 42 for 10 yards (S.Lee, B.Carter).
1-10-DAL 42 (8:29) A.Bradshaw left tackle to DAL 39 for 3 yards (D.Ware, S.Lee).
2-7-DAL 39 (7:53) E.Manning pass short left to H.Nicks pushed ob at DAL 31 for 8 yards (M.Claiborne).
1-10-DAL 31 (7:25) A.Bradshaw right tackle to DAL 29 for 2 yards (D.Ware, S.Lissemore).
2-8-DAL 29 (6:43) D.Wilson left end to DAL 27 for 2 yards (S.Lee). FUMBLES (S.Lee), RECOVERED by DAL-B.Church at DAL 28. B.Church to DAL 34 for 6 yards (C.Snee). Officially, a rush for 1 yard.
The fumble killed an otherwise efficient drive. Considering the Giants' defense was hanging tough, They stopped the Cowboys on 4th down and took possession....a scoring drive here would have changed everything. Instead....
Third Drive: New York Giants at 2:121-10-NYG 37 (2:12) E.Manning pass short right to H.Nicks to NYG 47 for 10 yards (M.Claiborne).
1-10-NYG 47 (1:35) A.Bradshaw left end to 50 for 3 yards (S.Lissemore, A.Spencer).
2-7-50 (:58) A.Bradshaw right guard to DAL 45 for 5 yards (J.Hatcher).
3-2-DAL 45 (:21) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass short right to V.Cruz pushed ob at DAL 41 for 4 yards (O.Scandrick).
1-10-DAL 41 (15:00) E.Manning sacked at NYG 44 for -15 yards (D.Ware).2-25-NYG 44 (14:30) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass short middle to V.Cruz to DAL 45 for 11 yards (S.Lee).
3-14-DAL 45 (13:46) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short right to H.Nicks.4-14-DAL 45 (13:36) S.Weatherford punts 45 yards to end zone, Center-Z.DeOssie, Touchback.
A sack pushed the Giants back into a 2nd and 25 situation they couldn't get out of. The Giants' OTs had a hard time protecting Eli last night. He's not going to make it through the season at this rate...
TURNOVER: 3-8-DAL 40 - Romo pass short middle intended for K.Ogletree INTERCEPTED by M.Boley at NYG 47. M.Boley pushed ob at DAL 2 for 51 yards (T.Smith). PENALTY on DAL-T.Smith, Horse Collar Tackle, 1 yard, enforced at DAL 2.
Fourth Drive: New York Giants at 10:301-1-DAL 1 (10:30) A.Bradshaw right end pushed ob at DAL 3 for -2 yards (A.Spencer).
2-3-DAL 3 (10:05) A.Bradshaw left tackle to DAL 4 for -1 yards (M.Spears, J.Price-Brent).
3-4-DAL 4 (9:23) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short middle to V.Cruz (O.Scandrick).4-4-DAL 4 (9:14) L.Tynes 22 yard field goal is GOOD, Center-Z.DeOssie, Holder-S.Weatherford.
Another misfire between Eli and Cruz, but in all fairness Cowboy DB Orlando Scandrick held Cruz on the goal line. It should have been a penalty and a first down. Instead of a possible 10 or 14-0 lead, the Giants had just three points. Not enough. The offensive line sucked (for the lack of a better word) on first and second down, giving Bradshaw no room to run whatsoever. But the real question remains, why not try one up the middle on first and goal from the 1? They didn't.
The defense held again, forcing a punt....
Fifth Drive: New York Giants at 5:181-10-NYG 16 (5:18) A.Bradshaw left guard to NYG 16 for no gain (B.Carter).
2-10-NYG 16 (4:37) A.Bradshaw right end to NYG 18 for 2 yards (K.Coleman, A.Spencer).
3-8-NYG 18 (3:50) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete deep right to M.Bennett.4-8-NYG 18 (3:42) S.Weatherford punts 54 yards to DAL 28, Center-Z.DeOssie. D.Bryant ran ob at DAL 27 for -1 yards.
The pass to Bennett was a little in front of him, but he made no extra effort to attempt to catch it. Not saying he would have, but plays like this separate winners from losers....Dez Bryant beat Corey Webster down the right sideline for a 38-yard gain. Three plays later, Romo hit Ogletree for a 10-yd TD. Dallas went in front, 7-3, and would never look back.
Sixth Drive: New York Giants at 1:01, (1st play from scrimmage 0:54)1-10-NYG 30 (:54) (Shotgun) E.Manning pass incomplete short left to V.Cruz.2-10-NYG 30 (:48) (Shotgun) E.Manning sacked at NYG 24 for -6 yards (D.Ware).3-16-NYG 24 (:04) (Shotgun) A.Bradshaw up the middle to NYG 29 for 5 yards (A.Spencer).
Another incompletion followed by a sack doomed any heroics before the half.