Giants Q&A: Can three plays be run in 10 seconds?
Those last 10 seconds didn't exactly last a New York minute, did they?Not for the Giants, who raised the specter of doubt about whether the game clock was subject to a little home-field advantage at Cowboys Stadium. "I must say that it's been a long time since I saw three plays in 10 seconds," Tom Coughlin said matter-of-factly. "That was an incredible thing that happened there. We thought it was over with the high ball over the middle and we look up and the thing is stuck on one." Added Giants president and CEO John Mara: "I give them a lot of credit to be able to get three plays off in 10 seconds."
So does Coughlin think there was fishy business?
"I'm not saying that," he said. "I'm just saying that's a heck of a long time, 10 seconds, three plays."
How did word spread on the Giants' sideline about Dez Bryant being out of bounds on that late catch in the back of the end zone?
There were no replays shown on the huge screen at Cowboys Stadium, which gave the Giants a good feeling about their fate. Coughlin heard from coaches up in the box that Bryant's hand was out of bounds and a few players said they saw it. Michael Boley said he had a clear view of Bryant's hand on the white from his vantage point. Victor Cruz said he saw it live on the huge video screen and noticed it right away. Eli Manning said he found out because some Giants personnel on the sideline were getting texts from relatives back home watching on TV.
The Giants escaped Cowboys Stadium with a win. Were they able to escape Hurricane Sandy?
They flew out of Dallas Sunday night with a plan to land in Newark at about 1:30 a.m. "They told us that we're going to get home," Mara said, "but, you know, it just depends on the direction the storm takes."
The Giants' charter landed at Newark at about 1:15 a.m. Before that, though, they knew they might have to make some contingency plans if they couldn't land in their home airport. "Once you get up in the air, you don't know where they're going to divert you to," said Mara, who then made a reference to the Giants' extended stay in the Midwest after a Packers game in 2010 because of a blizzard in New York. "Maybe we'll go back to Appleton, Wisconsin."
Did anyone benefit from the Giants settling for field goals instead of touchdowns?
Lawrence Tynes. Or at least his legacy. His 17 points gave him 535 for his Giants career, which moved him into second place on the franchise's all-time list. He passed Brad Daluiso with the 26-yard field goal that made it 16-0 early in the second quarter and trails only Pete Gogolak's 646 career points.
Jason Witten caught a Cowboys-record 18 passes. Isn't there someone on the Giants who can cover him?
The Giants tried a few players, from linebackers Boley and Keith Rivers to safeties Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown. They even had cornerback Michael Coe give it a shot in the fourth quarter. "That's [Tony Romo's] favorite target," Boley said. "He was just running option routes on us. Take your hat off to him; he's a good route- runner."
How many yards has Brown racked up on interception returns this year?
With the 37 yards he picked up yesterday, he has 168. But that's not close to the franchise record of 251 for a single season held jointly by Dick Lynch (1963) and Emlen Tunnell (1949).
Any injuries to keep an eye on?
Chase Blackburn, the starting middle linebacker, left the game in the third quarter with a hamstring injury. Rolle was being evaluated for a concussion after his head hit the turf hard with two minutes remaining. Bear Pascoe had X-rays of an ankle injury; they were negative, but he did not return. Rivers left the game late with a calf strain.