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Cowboys Make Statement; Open 2012 with 24-17 Win Over Defending Champion Giants

It was a night that belonged to Tony Romo and the Cowboys, and in one night, “America’s Team” made a pretty bold statement to the rest of the league that they are not going to be the choke artists they were in 2011.

All it took was one play, and the Cowboys put to bed the demons that haunted them the entire offseaason.

Facing a 3rd-and-10 with the game on the line, Romo found new favorite WR Kevin Ogletree for a 13-yard gain, sealing a knockout opening night Cowboys 24-17 win over the defending champion New York Giants.

Let’s face it, no one thought that the Cowboys would be able to pull off the upset. They had everything it seems going against them. The defending champs had NEVER lost an opening night special prime-time game (they started in 2004 with New England beating Oakland), and the Cowboys were 0-7 playing on NBC.

Yet the Jerry Jones bunch played loose all night, while the champion Giants were tight, never got their offense on track, and seemed to make mistake after mistake, highlighted by three drops by salsa dancing WR Victor Cruz.

It was an early statement by the Cowboys, and will go a long way in boosting their confidence for a run at the NFC East and possibly a shot to play into deep January in the postseason.

Romo was at the top of his game, throwing for 307 yards on 22-for-29 passing with two TD’s and a pick. Ogletree was the star, going for 8 catches for 114 yards and two TD’s.

The biggest of the night though may have been after a holding call pushed the Cowboys back. The don’t get the first, they have to punt and the Giants have a shot. Instead, it was an uppercut that sent a message.

Dallas played a game much like this last season in the opener vs the Jets, only to lose in the end, and this time, they were not going to let it happen again.

This night, Romo was sure not to make the same mistakes twice, and with a new sure handed WR in Ogletree leading the way with the critical catch in the end, the Cowboys just laid the first punch of the 2012 season.

The Cowboys defense frustrated Eli Manning and his offense with three sacks and a half-dozen pressures, all before the largest crowd at MetLife Stadium for a Giants game.

The Cowboys’ big-time receivers — Miles Austin, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten — were eclipsed by Ogletree, who sure didn’t resemble a backup. In the first half, he had five catches for 47 yards and a TD, and broke free for a 40-yard reception early in the third quarter.

Needless to say, it was a win that made a statement, and one that couldn’t have been better to open the 2012 campaign.

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