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Gameday Live 7: Giants vs. Cowboys

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STATISTICS

 

Passing

Giants -- Manning: 25-for-35, 306 yards, 4 TDs, 3 INTs

Cowboys -- Romo: 5-for-7, 39 yards, TD, broken collarbone

                      Kitna 16-for-33, 187 yards, 2 TDs, FL

Rushing

Giants -- Bradshaw: 24 carries for 126 yards, FL

                 Jacobs: 12 carries for 75 yards, TD, FL

Cowboys -- Jones: 9 carries for 35 yards

                      Barber: 4 carries for 6 yards

Receiving 

Giants -- Nicks: 9 receptions for 108 yards, 2 TDs

                Smith: 9 receptions for 101 yards, TD

                Manningham, 3 receptions for 40 yards, 1 TD

Cowboys -- Witten: 9 receptions for 95 yards, TD, FL

                      Bryant, 4 receptions for 54 yards, 2 TDs, 93-yard punt return TD

                      Austin, 3 receptions for 38 yards

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Eli Manning -- Despite the three interceptions, throwing for 306 yards and four touchdowns, on 25-for-35 passing, for a 100.4 QB Rating needs to be recognized.

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FINAL SCORE -- GIANTS 41, COWBOYS 35

12:08 -- There was a three second span ,where Giants fans had something to worry about.  The onside kick deflected off Clint Sintim's foot, making a live ball available for the taking, but Sintim managed to dive on it to seal a key NFC East win for the Giants.

Having won four straight to improve to 5-2, the Giants head into the bye in first place.  They return to play at Seattle before heading home for a rematch with the Cowboys, who will likely still have Kitna under center.  The Cowboys fall to a dismal 1-5 and could be without Romo for an extended period of time.  Talk about bad to worse.  Hopefully the World Series can provide a nice diversion for Texans.

12:06 -- The Cowboys refuse to go quietly.  Kitna leads them down field with ease and hits Bryant for another 15-yard touchdown to pull the Cowboys to within six.  It all comes down to an onside kick.  Giants 41, Cowboys 35.  

11:59 -- Jacobs and Bradshaw set up a 26-yard field goal by Tynes as the Giants eclipse the 40-point mark and take a 13-point lead with less than two minutes to play.  Giants 41, Cowboys 28.

11:47 -- Apparently neither team wants the ball.  Manning throws an inexcusable interception to Keith Brooking, who returns it to the Giants 15.  Kitna then finds Bryant for a touchdown on the first play.  In another curious decision, the Cowboys go for two, luckily for Phillips and anyone depending on his income, Kitna connects with Witten to pull the Cowboys within 10. Giants 38, Cowboys 28.

11:41 -- Kitna, the new starting quarterback of America's Team, gives the ball right back to the Giants, fumbling the ball after a sack by Barry Cofield.  

11:38 -- For the first time since the second quarter, the Giants finally do something wrong.  Bradshaw fumbles the ball, the Giants fourth turnover of the game, and DeMarcus Ware recovers, giving Dallas possession at the Giants 49.  If only the Cowboys had just kicked that field goal on the previous possession.  

11:29 -- Wade Phillips may have just booked his trip to the unemployment office.  Trailing by 18 with over eight minutes to go, he opts to go for it on 4th and 6 from the Giants 6.  Kitna pass to Austin sailed incomplete.  Not the worst call I've ever seen but when you risk it you better make it.  The Cowboys didn't and it won't sit well in Dallas.     

END OF THIRD QUARTER -- GIANTS 38-20

11:00 -- Manning and the Giants continue to move the ball at will against the Dallas secondary.  But they enter the endzone via the run as Jacobs eludes some tackles and carries the ball 30-yards for the touchdown.  With Romo watching from the sideline in a sling, Kitna looking ineffective and the Cowboy offense playing stagnant, an 18-point lead seems insurmountable.  Giants 38, Cowboys 20.

10:52 -- A quick three-and-out for the Cowboys.  The boos are raining down from the stands.  Not sure if Jerry Jones has joined in. 

10:48 -- Mario Manningham joins the party.  Manning completes a short pass to Manningham, who took off down the sideline, cut inside between two defenders, and went into the endzone untouched.  That would be 24 unanswered points for the Giants.  Giants 31, Cowboys 20.  

HALFTIME STATS

Passing

Giants -- Manning: 14-for-22, 167 yards, 3 TDs, 2 INTs

Cowboys -- Romo: 5-for-7, 39 yards, TD, broken collarbone

                      Kitna 2-for-4, 10 yards

Rushing

Giants -- Bradshaw: 11 carries for 70 yards

                 Jacobs: 7 carries for 35 yards, FL

Cowboys -- Jones: 6 carries for 30 yards

                      Barber: 4 carries for 6 yards

Receiving 

Giants -- Smith: 6 receptions for 79 yards, TD

                 Nicks: 5 receptions for 63 yards, 2 TDs

Cowboys -- Witten: 3 receptions for 18 yards, TD

             

END OF SECOND QUARTER -- GIANTS 24, COWBOYS 20

10:22 -- Manning overthrows a wide-open Smith in the endzone.  A Chase Blackburn holding penalty negates a 43-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal.  Tynes bails Blackburn out by sending a 53-yarder down the middle of the uprights as we head to the half.  Giants 24, Cowboys 20.

10:15 -- Perhaps it was too premature to call Romo's exit "temporary."  Reports say he will not return after suffering a fractured left clavicle following a hit by Michael Boley.  Jon Kitna is here to stay.  How quickly things can turn in the NFL.  

10:08 -- After Ahmad Bradshaw led the Giants down field with a series of runs, Manning reads the blitz and finds Smith in the endzone with a perfect 14-yard fade.  Giants take the lead with 1:15 remaining in the half.  Giants 21, Cowboys 20.

9:58 -- A pretty catch by Smith down the middle for 32-yards sets up Nicks second touchdown reception of the night, an 8-yard pass from Manning.  Nicks with eight touchdowns already this season.  Perhaps its true what they about those breakout seasons for second year receivers.  Cowboys 20, Giants 14.  

9:47 -- Special teams is doing the Giants defense no favors either.  Matt Dodge gets off one of his better punts of the year and Dez Bryant runs it back 93-yards for a touchdown. I would not want to be in the Giants special teams meeting tomorrow...or maybe I would...but as a fly on the wall.  Cowboys 20, Giants 7.

9:40 -- The Giants offense is making its best effort to take the "best defense in the league" title away from the Giants defense.

The D once again limits the damage off a Giants turnover, temporarily knocks Romo out of the game and holds the Cowboys to a Buehler 41-yard field goal.  No truth to the rumor that Cameron Frye is the holder.  Cowboys 13, Giants 7. 

9:33 -- Brandon Jacobs put a few good runs together before coughing the ball up and giving the Cowboys possession on the Giants 43.  Cowboys take over in Giants territory for the third time in the first half and we still have over 12 minutes to go.  

END OF FIRST QUARTER -- COWBOYS 10, GIANTS 7

9:18 --  When Giants receivers aren't tipping balls to defending cornerbacks, they are catching balls off defending cornerbacks.  Beautiful catch on 3rd-and-5 off a tipped ball made by Nicks, who managed to maintain possession while keeping his feet in-bounds for the first-down to keep the drive alive.  Play was originally called incomplete but overturned on a challenge.

Three plays later, Manning rewarded Nicks with a 7-yard touchdown pass.  See what happens when receivers can hold onto the ball?  Cowboys 10, Giants 7.   

8:52 -- What was that we were saying about many of Eli's interceptions being the fault of his receivers?  This time Hakeem Nicks shoulders the blame after letting a catchable, not perfect, pass bounce off his fingers and into the waiting hands of Gerald Sensabaugh. Less than three minutes in and Manning has two interceptions.

The Cowboys are unable to take full advantage of the field position after Miles Austin lets a sure touchdown go through his hands.  They settle for a David Buehler field goal.  It may be spelled differently, but that won't stop me from working in a Ferris Bueller joke at some point tonight.  Cowboys 10, Giants 0.

8:46 -- On the very next play after Terence Newman dropped an easy Eli Manning interception, Manning overthrew Steve Smith, who had the ball tip off his fingertips and into the hands of Newman.  Newman returned the ball to the five yard line, setting up a four-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo to Jason Witten.  Many of Eli's interceptions this season have been the fault of the receivers, but blame goes to Manning on this one. Cowboys 7, Giants 0. 

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When the Giants last played in Dallas, they spoiled the grand opening of Jerry Jones $1.2 billion Cowboy Stadium.  With a win today, the Giants will likely spoil any chance the Cowboys have of being the first team to play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.

This will not make Mr. Jones very happy.  Being out of contention by late-October was not envisioned for a team many picked as a Super Bowl favorite.

The Super Bowl will be played in Dallas, but at 1-4, it looks like the Cowboys, who are 0-2 at home this season and hoping to avoid their worst start since 1989, will be watching it from their couches like most of us.  The Giants, however, begin to look more and more like the team we may be watching come February.  With a win tonight, the Giants would take sole possession of first place in the NFC East and share the NFC's best record with Atlanta.

The Giants, who swept both games against the Cowboys last season, enter on a three-game winning streak, boasting the NFC's best defense.

Wonder what Eli Manning might write on the wall of the visiting locker room this time should the Giants win? 

On a side not, by putting the Cowboys in a nearly impossible hole to climb out of, the Giants can help get some New York revenge on the state of Texas after the Rangers ousted the Yankees to advance to the World Series on Friday.  The Giants, of New York and San Francisco, are the enemy in Texas this week.

Opening kick is just minutes away....

 

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