Cowboys Earn Big Victory Over NFC East Rival Giants
By: Randy Cruz (@cruzr83)
In the first 6:10 of the game, Eli Manning threw two interceptions and David Wilson fumbled the ball. That's how everything unfolded for the New York Football Giants.
Tony Romo and the Cowboys didn't impress too much early on as well, only scoring three points off those Giants turnovers and throwing an interception at the four minute mark, leading to a Giants field goal.
With majority of the first half being a snooze fest, Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys broke the game open a bit at the 2:55 mark, throwing it to one of his favorite targets, Jason Witten, for the 15 yard TD.
Eli Manning and the Giants had an answer right back, with Eli throwing a bullet pass to Victor Cruz for the 70 yard TD with 1:50 left in the half.
Tony Romo left late in the first half with a rib injury while the Cowboys led at the half, 13-3.
As the second half started, the Giants were looking to gain some sort of momentum, with Romo looking injured and having a very non existent first half. On their first possession, David Wilson, who fumbled earlier in the game, fumbled the ball for the second time, this time being recovered by Barry Church and returning it for the touchdown with 12:35 left in the third quarter, giving Dallas the 20-13 lead.
The Cowboys kept pouring it on, forcing a Giants punt return fumble. The fumble was recovered by Devonte Holloman, leading to a Tony Romo 4 yard TD pass to Jason Witten for the second time on the night with less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter.
With 1:44 left in the third, the Giants were still trying to fight their way back into the game, struck back with a touchdown of their own, with Victor Cruz being the target for an 18 yard TD pass from Eli Manning, the second time they connected for a score on the evening.
Cowboys led 27-17 after the third quarter.
At the start of the fourth, the Giants continued to look get back into this game. As it worked on their previous two scoring possessions, Eli Manning and Victor Cruz hooked up again for a 10 yard TD play, bringing the Giants within six points, 30-24 with 8:45 left in the game.
With building some momentum late in the quarter, this is where Eli excels. Down on the road with two minutes left on the clock, and when you look up, Darrell Scott flicked the ball off his body and the pass was intercepted, being ran all the way back for the touchdown by Brandon Carr for 39 yards.
And at that point, the game was virtually over...even though Eli Manning threw his fourth TD on the night with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Final: Cowboys 36, Giants 31.
The Giants just didn't seem to get any rhythm, chemistry was non existent and their were too many mistakes, most unforced. The Cowboys on the other hand, happened to be at the right place at the right time picking up every Giants mistake on the field. The defense forced most of the Giants key turnovers and the G-Men never seemed to gain their focus in the newly named AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
The Giants (0-1) take on the Broncos (1-0) next Sunday at MetLife Stadium.