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Cowboys-Giants Set New Points Record

romo-nyg-td_330.jpgHold on  a minute, I think there’s been another touchdown pass thrown in the Sunday Night game between the Giants and Cowboys.  Not really, but both teams set a new record for points scored in their history of playing each other with a total of 80.  The previous record had been 74, a 38-35 Cowboys victory. 

Both Tony Romo and Eli Manning had career nights, Romo throwing for 345 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushing for a touchdown and Manning accumulating 312 yards and 4 touchdown passes, with 3 to WR Plaxico Burress.  The Giants running game did well also, with Derrick Ward getting 89 yards on 13 carries in relief of an injured Brandon Jacobs.  The Cowboys rushing game, not to be outmatched, acquired 142 yards with Julius Jones having 66 on 16 carries and Marion Barber with 65 on 11 rushes.  Barber scored the only other rushing touchdown on a brilliant 4th-down and one carry for 18 yards that ended with a leap just inside the corner of the endzone. 

Both QB’s had one interception and both led to a touchdown for the opposing team, with Romo’s coming late in the 4th quarter and setting up that last touchdown pass from Manning to Burress.  But he responded with his own touchdown pass of 51-yards to WR Sam Hurd which sealed the victory in what proved to be a shoot-out with the Giants.

“I thought our team answered the question on if they can play under adversity when things aren’t going well,” Coach Phillips stated. “We certainly made too many mistakes, but we overcame those mistakes. So that is what I look for.”  

Injuries played a big part in the game with both teams suffering season-ending losses of key players.  Cowboys nose tackle Jason Ferguson experienced torn biceps early in the game and former DT Jay Ratliff completed the rest of the game in the position.  This will probably require the Cowboys to re-sign NT Remi Ayodele, who was recently released by the Falcons who had picked him up from waivers after the Cowboys released him last week. 

“We know we can’t give up 35 points every game and expect to win,” Phillips also said. “But we scored more than they did. You have to play well enough to win the game and we did that. All I know is that we were up 10 points with two minutes left and we were kneeling the ball.”

As for the play of Tony Romo, he silenced all critics and proved that he is truly one of the key players on an offense that may have to carry the load for this Cowboys team, at least early in the season. 

“We kept putting the ball down the field and (Garrett) kept trusting me with that,” Romo said. “I thought the guys did a good job of making plays. It’s not always going to go smooth. You have to deal with (it), but the great thing was that we came right back.”

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One Response to “Cowboys-Giants Set New Points Record”

  1. Jeff says:

    Good article. So how did Reeves get a game ball after getting burned for at least two touchdowns? Even his interception looked like it was mostly the result of the receiver falling down. He might have been in position to break it up either way but I doubt he’d have gotten a pick. Still I think he and the rest of the defense can step it up with some coaching. They have lots of speed, except for Williams….

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