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Cowboys Sweep Giants, Get Big Division Lead

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Dallas, which is a fine town by the way, just got a big win against another division rival, 31-20 in East Rutherford, NJ.  I happen to be in Dallas this weekend for business and got to watch the game at a local establishment, that shall remain nameless,  and with  a lot of fan support.  It would have been nice to be here next weekend when the Cowboys actually play here, but you can’t always get these things to work out that way.

So on to the game,  the Cowboys closed out the G-Men with a big second half after letting the Giants tie it up just before the break.   Thanks to another defensive penalty, the Giants got great field position with just :27 seconds left in the first half and tied the game at 17 all just after Tony Romo had led the Cowboys on an 86-yard scoring drive.    Penalties were probably the biggest factor in the first half with Dallas committing 4 crucial ones, two of which were personal fouls, giving New York their scoring opportunities. 

Tank Johnson’s first appearance was somewhat of a let down as the best he could do was commit 2 pentalties and allow Ruben Droughns to score from 1-yard out to give the Giants an early 14-10 lead.  Roy Williams got burned by Eli Manning and Jeremy Shockey early in the game for several big plays and a TD, but got some revenge with a vicious hit on Brandon Jacobs late in the third quarter.  Eventually, the defense would hold and prevent any further scoring by the Giants, thanks to some timely penalties on their part as well. 

After returning the kick-off 80+ yards to about the Dallas 1-yard line following the first touchdown pass to T.O, the Giants were called for holding and were moved back to their own 25.  And again, after scoring what would have been a game-tying touchdown, the G-men were caught holding on the play and instead faced a 3rd and goal from the Cowboys’ 22-yard line.   They would only get a FG on the drive and that just wasn’t enough.

On the Cowboys’ next series, Romo lofted a perfect 50-yard strike to T.O., who had gotten behind all of the Giants’ defenders, for the eventual game-winner.  The Giants never really got close after that and the game ended on a Patrick Watkins interception of Manning as the clock expired.  

Statistically speaking, Romo finished the afternoon 20-of-28 for 247 yards and 4 TD’s with one INT and Owens had 6 catches for 125-yards and two scores.  Patrick Crayton finally got into the offensive game and had 6 catches also for over 100-yards and one TD. 

There was a lot of ill-will and trash-talking on both sides the entire game, as both teams had several personal fouls  and unnecessary roughness penalties called, but in the end, all seemed forgiven in a very physical match-up of two old foes. 

With the victory, Dallas ensures themselves of a divisional tie at worst and most likely, the division lead throughout the rest of the season.  Well done, Wade Phillips and company, not many Cowboys’ teams have started 8-1. 


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2 Responses to “Cowboys Sweep Giants, Get Big Division Lead”

  1. Ram Narayan says:

    just a couple of corrections:
    Crayton had 5 Catches for 66 yards and Tank had 3 tackles, a sack, and a QB hurry…not very uneventful if you ask me. But great blog I enjoy reading it, just thought I’d try to help!

  2. Sam says:

    As a Cowboys fan living in Redskins territory, it would be really great if we can beat the Skins next week too!!!

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