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Giants Beat Cowboys 33-31 On Last Second Field Goal

Receiver problem? What receiver problem. The Giants beat the Cowboys on a last second, 37 yard field goal from Lawrence Tynes, for a  winning score of 33-31. Mario Manningham and Steve Smith shined, making fans forget about Plaxico Buress and Amani Toomer. Manningham had 150 yards and a score, and Smith added 134 yards and a touchdown.  Each had 10 catches. Eli Manning led the team on a 2 minute drive at the end of the game, leading to the Tynes field goal.

The Giants started off the scoring with  a 3o yard field goal from Lawrence  Tynes, but the Cowboys answered right back, on a 2 yard run by Marion Barber to make it 7-3 Cowboys. The Giants wouldn’t stay back for long, when Bruce Johnson intercepted a Tony Romo pass and ran it 34 yards for the touchdown, to give the Giants a 10-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

After another Tynes field goal, the Cowboys re-took the lead on a one yard touchdown reception by Jason Witten. The Giants then got a lucky break, when a pass intended for Witten went off his foot, and into the hands of Kenny Phillips. The Giants capitalized a few plays later on a 22 yard touchdown pass to Mario Manningham with 53 seconds left in the half to give the Giants a 20-14 lead. The Cowboys marched back and got a field goal from Nick Folk to make it 20-17 heading into the half.

The Cowboys started off the scoring in the third quarter, on a 3 yard QB keeper by Tony Romo. Steve Smith answered for the Giants, as he caught a 22 yard pass to give the Giants a 27-24 lead. Tynes added his 3rd field goal midway through the 4th, giving the Giants a 30-24 lead. Felix Jones and the Cowboys answered back, on a 7 yard run, giving them a 31-30 lead late in the 4th.The Giants were unfazed, as Eli led the team down the field, giving way to the Tynes field goal to win the game.

Eli Manning was outstanding going 25-38, 330 yards, and two scores. He calmly led the Giants back at the end, and looked similar to the 2007 version of Eli.  The running game got off to a really slow start, but picked it up a bit in the second half. Mario Manningham was the leading receiver with 150 yards. He was outstanding, and proved the Giants made the right decision by not getting an established receiver.

The Giants defense wasn’t terrible,  and had three interceptions. But they couldn’t stop Felix Jones and the short passing play.That was a huge problem all night, and it had to do with some over aggressiveness by the defensive line. The second half was a show for the Cowboys running game, as they gained on the ground. The Giants did not have an answer for Marion Barber all second half. The Giants gave up 251 yards on the ground–that’s not Giants football.

In injury news, Justin Tuck left the game with a left shoulder injury and did not return. Domenik Hixon left the game with a sprained knee and did not return as well.

The Giants still have work to do, as their play in the red zone left much to be desired, and they could not stop the run. But, the Giants have found two great receivers, and beat the Cowboys. Who won the first game in the new Cowboys Stadium? The New York Football Giants. What a win.


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6 Responses to “Giants Beat Cowboys 33-31 On Last Second Field Goal”

  1. What a win indeed. Mike Francesa said Friday “Anybody can win the easy games, its the great teams that find a way to win the hard ones.”

    The Giants ground out a tough task going into Dallas with all the backage — everything was stacked against the Giants and they refused to give uo. I am yet again impressed with Eli Manning from start to finish, hes coming into his own for sure.

    go figure, his first compliment from Colinswirth came at 13 seconds to go in the 4th quarter — classic.

  2. They build it and we will tear it down… and in front of the largest NFL audience to date. Great times on twitter as always 🙂

  3. royhobbs7 says:

    It feels great to beat Dallas in September. Doubt that they’ll be around in January again. Looks like Shanahan will probably coach them in 2010 because Wade is gonna be fired by Jerrrh.

    Anyway, lots of good things happened in this game, and lots more will happen as soon as some of the players heal their dings and Coughlin begins to trust some of his younger talent (e.g., Sintim {when he gets healthy} Barden and Beckum). Nicks will also come back in several weeks to an ideal situation (i.e., no pressure to carry @ WR given Manningham’s coming out party). In time this will turn out (ironically) to be the best WR corp that we have EVER had.
    Coach just has to burn that offensive play book in the “Red Zone” (i.e., DEAD ZONE) and start from scratch; e.g.,he needs to give Barden a chance in the Red Zone.

  4. Definately looking forward to Romo proving himself without TO

  5. @roy

    Why do you think Ramses Barden was not utilized inside the 20?

  6. Russo says:

    Andrew,
    The Giants are way too predictable and conservative in the red zone. I’m sure that Barden is having some rookie issues in practice and they were scared to play him. I say take the risk. It cant hurt. We arent scoring TDs anyway. If anything he will draw attention away from the short pass to boss or the draw. Its just sad that I can call the plays from my couch..Run, Run, Pass, FG. I can only imagine how easy it is for a defensive coordinator. The giants had GREAT success with the play action but seemed to forget about it when they get within scoring range. taking advancage of Deware’s agressiveness and tossing a screen seemed to be a good idea but didnt work. The running game, or lack there of, was a little concerning…Especially when tampa ran all over Dallas. I’ve read plenty of post on here and I know gilbride is everyones fall guy for the lack of origionality in our offense and I’m starting to agree with them. Dallas kept our defense guessing by switching up their play calling, not letting us adjust. I mean really, Romo ran the ball in for a TD. That play would never be called by NY. They also did a play action on 3rd and inches when everyone assumed they would run it….again a situation where we WOULD have ran. If we cant figure out this issue by the end of the season I’d look to either bring in a red zone specialist or a new Offensive Coordinator. We have the talent, the heart and determination..all we need is some fresh play calling.

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