In one play, the Cowboys put to bed the demons that haunted them the entire offseaason.
Facing a 3rd-and-10 with the game on the line, Tony Romo found new favorite WR Kevin Ogletree for a 13-yard gain, sealing a stunning opening night Cowboys 24-17 win over the defending champion New York Giants.
Let’s face it, no one thought that the Cowboys would be able to pull off the upset. They had everything it seems going against them. The defending champs had NEVER lost an opening night special prime-time game (they started in 2004 with New England beating Oakland), and the Cowboys were 0-7 playing on NBC.
Yet the Jerry Jones bunch played loose all night, while the champion Giants were tight, never got their offense on track, and seemed to make mistake after mistake, highlighted by three drops by salsa dancing WR Victor Cruz.
It was an early statement by the Cowboys, and will go a long way in boosting their confidence for a run at the NFC East and possibly a shot to play into deep January in the postseason.
As for the Giants, it’s a wake up call to get back to the basics. They didn’t do much in terms of a pass rush (they had just two sacks), and as stated the offense looked out of sync.
Dallas played a game much like this last season in the opener vs the Jets, only to lose in the end.
This night, Romo was sure not to make the same mistakes twice, and with a new sure handed WR in Ogletree leading the way with the critical catch in the end, the Cowboys just laid the first punch of the 2012 season.