Receiver problem? What receiver problem. The Giants beat the Cowboys on a last second, 37 yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes, for a winning score of 33-31. Mario Manningham and Steve Smith shined, making fans forget about Plaxico Buress and Amani Toomer. Manningham had 150 yards and a score, and Smith added 134 yards and a touchdown. Each had 10 catches. Eli Manning led the team on a 2 minute drive at the end of the game, leading to the Tynes field goal.
The Giants started off the scoring with a 3o yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes, but the Cowboys answered right back, on a 2 yard run by Marion Barber to make it 7-3 Cowboys. The Giants wouldn’t stay back for long, when Bruce Johnson intercepted a Tony Romo pass and ran it 34 yards for the touchdown, to give the Giants a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.
After another Tynes field goal, the Cowboys re-took the lead on a one yard touchdown reception by Jason Witten. The Giants then got a lucky break, when a pass intended for Witten went off his foot, and into the hands of Kenny Phillips. The Giants capitalized a few plays later on a 22 yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham with 53 seconds left in the half to give the Giants a 20-14 lead. The Cowboys marched back and got a field goal from Nick Folk to make it 20-17 heading into the half.
The Cowboys started off the scoring in the third quarter, on a 3 yard QB keeper by Tony Romo. Steve Smith answered for the Giants, as he caught a 22 yard pass to give the Giants a 27-24 lead. Tynes added his 3rd field goal midway through the 4th, giving the Giants a 30-24 lead. Felix Jones and the Cowboys answered back, on a 7 yard run, giving them a 31-30 lead late in the 4th.The Giants were unfazed, as Eli led the team down the field, giving way to the Tynes field goal to win the game.
Eli Manning was outstanding going 25-38, 330 yards, and two scores. He calmly led the Giants back at the end, and looked similar to the 2007 version of Eli. The running game got off to a really slow start, but picked it up a bit in the second half. Mario Manningham was the leading receiver with 150 yards. He was outstanding, and proved the Giants made the right decision by not getting an established receiver.
The Giants defense wasn’t terrible, and had three interceptions. But they couldn’t stop Felix Jones and the short passing play.That was a huge problem all night, and it had to do with some over aggressiveness by the defensive line. The second half was a show for the Cowboys running game, as they gained on the ground. The Giants did not have an answer for Marion Barber all second half. The Giants gave up 251 yards on the ground–that’s not Giants football.
In injury news, Justin Tuck left the game with a left shoulder injury and did not return. Domenik Hixon left the game with a sprained knee and did not return as well.
The Giants still have work to do, as their play in the red zone left much to be desired, and they could not stop the run. But, the Giants have found two great receivers, and beat the Cowboys. Who won the first game in the new Cowboys Stadium? The New York Football Giants. What a win.