Giants hold off late rally by Cowboys, win shootout 41-35

The Giants offense looked  like a championship-caliber unit

After an awful start, the Giants recovered to put on a pretty dominating show in Dallas, as they beat the Cowboys 41-35 in Dallas. The Giants improved to 5-2,and are in sole possession of the NFC East lead. The Cowboys are 1-5.

On the first series, Eli threw an interception, that led to a 4 yard touchdown reception by Jason Witten. Another series, another interception for Eli, this time leading to a 26 yard field goal, to put the Cowboys up 10-0 very early on.

The Giants and Hakeem Nicks answered late in the first quarter, on a 7 yard touchdown pass.

The Cowboys dominated the early 2nd quarter, scoring first on a 41 yard field goal, then following it up with a 93 yard punt return for a touchdown by Dez Bryant.

The Giants weren’t fazed, and started to mount their comeback. Nicks added another TD on an 8 yard pass from Eli Manning. Steve Smith scored a 14 yard touchdown to give the Giants a 21-20 lead. They ended the half with a 53 yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes.

The Giants came out strong in the 2nd half, scoring on a beautiful 25 yard TD reception by Mario Manningham, to put them up 31-20. Brandon Jacobs added to the drubbing with a 30 yard touchdown run to make it 38-20.

Dez Bryant added a touchdown in garbage time after another Eli interception. After a successful two point conversion, the Giants were up 38-28. The Giants added a field goal late to make it 41-28. Bryant added yet another TD with under a minute left to make it 41-35

The Giants, after all their turnovers, really dominated this game. The Cowboys seemed to give up on defense. The Giants offense could move pretty much at will, on the ground and in the air. Whether it was Hakeem Nicks, Steve Smith, Mario Manningham, Bradshaw or Jacobs, the Giants could do what they pleased. The Cowboys, seemingly, gave up.

The Giants defense, as usual, was incredible. A lot of it has to do with the injury to Romo (fractured left clavicle). The offense had no punch with Jon Kitna. Still, the pass rush was epic, and the Cowboys just had nowhere to go.

Special teams was a mixed bag. Tynes and Dodge were great. But they gave up a 93 yard punt return for a touchdown to Dez Bryant, and gave up some other good returns. Coverage still is the biggest problem.

The Giants did let the Cowboys creep back into the game late in the game. It’s a disturbing trend that’s been happening of late. Not sure why it’s happening. Maybe they’re resting on their laurels a bit too much. Whatever it is, for the Giants to be a completely elite team, they have to cut that out.

The Giants showed resiliency tonight, fighting back from a horrid start to end up dominating the game. The Giants looked unstoppable. Romo or not, the Giants played like one of the best teams in football. And, with this win, they just might be.

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One Response to “Giants hold off late rally by Cowboys, win shootout 41-35”

  1. atrainspeaks says:

    Everyone who watched this game is impressed with the Giants…and rightfully so, they played awesome. Now, I’m not making excuses, but when you dominate the time of possession like the Giants did after Tony Romo went out, you tire out any defense. Kitna and the Cowboys could not move the ball because Kitna was awful. I would like to have seen how that game would have gone had Romo not been injured. All that being said, it is football, injuries happen and it was the Giants stellar defense that knocked him out anyways. Great job by the Giants…well, until the fell asleep in the fourth quarter. Giants have the NFC East if they continue to play that way.