Rarely does a team start off as badly as the Giants did last night, commit five turnovers total, take the fourth quarter off, and wind up on the winning end. But that’s exactly how the Giants won their fourth straight game last night, 41-35 over the Cowboys.
Just goes to show that one never knows what can happen when New York and Dallas get together.
The Giants’ first meeting in Cowboys Stadium last year was a two-point nail-biter. But once Brandon Jacobs ran it in from 30 yards in the third quarter, it was evident the 1-5 Cowboys would not be a threat to the 5-2 division leaders. Until the fourth quarter, when the Giants played soft and allowed the Cowboys to creep to within six points and an onside kick with 40 seconds to go. But Clint Sintim covered the kick, and that was it.
The Cowboys’ season is now in the same shape as Tony Romo’s left collarbone was after blitzing linebacker Michael Boley made him the fourth starting quarterback the defense has knocked out of games: broken. No need to worry about Romo in their Nov. 14 rematch.
Eli Manning’s three touchdown passes — two to Hakeem Nicks, who missed two days of practice with hamstring tightness, and a quick, blind toss to Steve Smith — put his team in the lead 21-20 after a horrible beginning in which Manning threw two interceptions and Jacobs fumbled once in the opening 18 minutes. For Nicks, who set up his first score with a 24-yard catch on which he broke Terence Newman’s sideline tackle, the touchdowns marked his seventh and eighth of the season.
The Giants rushed for more than 100 yards in the first half alone, with Ahmad Bradshaw using his cutback and bounce ability to gain 70 in 11 carries. After the offense settled down from their early problems, it rolled up 498 yards of total yardage.
Both Nicks and Smith wound up with more than 100 receiving yards, and Bradshaw had his second straight 100-yard rushing game, his third in four games. Manning was 25-of 35 for 306 yards, with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Backup quarterback Jon Kitna was no match for a Giants defense that created six straight three-and-out series once he replaced Romo.