Although this game ended with an onside kick, the score really was closer than the game actually was, as the Cowboys beat the Giants on Sunday Night Football by a final score of 36-31.
The story in this one was turnovers. The Giants had five of them, and were not able to recover. It started pretty badly for the G-Men, as Eli Manning threw an interception on the first play of the game. They recorded two more turnovers in the opening period, one more interception thrown by Eli, and a fumble by David Wilson in the red zone. Thanks to the Giants’ defense, however, it only turned into three points for the Cowboys.
After a first quarter that ended 3-3, the Giants showed some life, at least with one of their receivers. Victor Cruz caught a 70 yard TD pass from Eli Manning, his first of three TD receptions. They kept the game close with that play, however, an earlier TD from Tony Romo to Jason Witten kept their team in front by a score of 13-10 as the half came to an end.
The third quarter saw the continue of the Giants’ turnover woes. Barry Church takes a second David Wilson fumble to the house from 27 yards out to open the lead to 20-10. Later in the quarter, Romo hits Jason Witten with a four yard TD pass to stake the Cowboys to a 27-10 lead, and it looks like the Cowboys are going to run away with it.
Somebody forgot to tell the Cowboys that.
The Giants, to their credit, stayed in the game. Late in the quarter, Manning engineered an eight play scoring drive ending in an 18 yard TD pass to his guy, Victor Cruz, to keep the Giants within ten at 27-17. In the fourth, a third touchdown pass from Eli to Victor Cruz brought the game to within six, at 30-24. However, following the two-minute warning, Eli through another interception, this time to Brandon Carr, and he took it the distance, from 49 yards out to put the game out of reach at 36-24.
A late touchdown to Brandon Meyers made it close at 36-31. However, the ensuing onside kick, which did lay loose and cause a mad scramble, was recovered by Dallas, allowing them to kneel down and leave their stadium with a 1-0 record.
Despite the early difficulties, Eli Manning, to his credit, stayed in their and had an excellent game, throwing for 450 yards and three TDs, all of the scores again going to Victor Cruz. These two are an impressive combination.
The Giants had three receivers go over the 100 yard mark, Cruz with 118 yards, Hakeem Nicks with 114 yards, and Reuben Randle with 101. Think about how well that trio looked without a running game, imagine how good they will be come when the running game is clicking! Will only work well for the Giants.
But for now, it’s back to work for the G-Men with an 0-1 record.