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Giants Can’t Hold On, Lost By Last Second Field Goal 24-21

In the game of the season, with minutes to go – the score was even at 21-21. It didn’t matter that the refs completely controlled the spotlight up until that point in the game. The Victor Cruz strip turnover had long since passed. Tony Romo’s all too easy 3 play drive been erased by a very productive Giants power run game that ate up the clock and the Cowboy defense along with it. Break after break seemed to point to the NY Giants winning this one. But it didn’t happen that way. With a game winning drive that seemed to last forever, the Cowboys out executed the Giants and moved into field goal range with seconds left and Dan Bailey kicked away the NY Giants season, right through the uprights.

The game itself was, at times, disgusting. Flags thrown on every play seemingly. Penalties called with no yardage assessed — just completely unnecessary red tape. The refs controlled the flow for most of the game… a theme that carried throughout yesterday’s games. Redzone actually had to bail out of the Bears – St. Louis game because the calls got so bad. I have a suggestion based on watching several games yesterday. The NFL rule book needs to be cut in half, and the refs need a stern talking to. This is not forensic science — it’s football. Despite every attempt to take the human element out of game officiating, mark my words, in 10 years it will still be there. I have no doubt the game we grew up watching will no longer exist if the officiating continues on this trajectory, however.

That said, what started out as a lopsided trip to the cleaners turned out to be a great game in the end. A classic in it’s own right, rivaling the Panther – Giants game from 2008 for first seed in the NFC. A ground and pound cold weather battle between two familiar foes. But in this one, despite Eli Manning’s 4th quarter TD to Louis Murphy with ~4 minutes left, there was just too much time left for Tony Romo and the Cowboys. If there was ever a time for JPP and Justin Tuck to show up, it was on the Cowboys final drive. If there was ever a time to need Trumaine McBride back starting at corner, and Antrel Rolle playing safety, it was that final drive. It didn’t happen. Tony Romo hit all of his 3rd downs for the first time all day and moved Dallas into easy-peasy field goal range and the rest is a bitter memory. One of many from yesterday if you’re a Giants fan.

Hakeem Nicks sidelined with an undisclosed injury.
No forward progress ruling on the Cruz first down.
Red zone opportunities squandered.
A plethora of personal foul penalties.
No pressure, nor coverage when it mattered most.

Unfortunately it will take a miracle to stay in the playoff race. Dallas should be 7-5 by the end of Thanksgiving on Thursday after they host Oakland. And it’s between Dallas and Philly like we all thought would happen before we got 4 in a row.

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