Giants hold on for win in exciting battle with Cowboys

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After the first few minutes of Sunday’s game between the Giants and Cowboys, it seemed like the Cowboys would be a lot more than a few inches away from beating the Giants.

As it turns out, that’s exactly how close they came. Dez Bryant made what appeared to be a brilliant leaping catch of a ball in the end zone with 10 seconds left to play to give the Cowboys a win, but it was clear on replay that his fingers were out of bounds by inches as he came to the turf. Tony Romo would just miss Miles Austin at the goal line a couple of plays later and then throw the ball out of the end zone, which was enough to give the Giants a 29-24 win that looked much easier in the second quarter.

That was when the Giants were up 23-0 thanks to four Cowboys turnovers. The Giants couldn’t press their lead, though, and Tony Romo hooked up with Bryant, Austin and Jason Witten for huge numbers to bring the Cowboys back to a 24-23 lead. The Giants offense was dreadful from the 23-0 point until the Cowboys grabbed the lead with Eli Manning looking particularly off until the fourth quarter began. That’s when he led the Giants to two field goals sandwiched around a Felix Jones fumble and made sure that the Jets didn’t have any competition in the New York area rage department this Sunday.

Romo had another chance to lead the Cowboys back before that wild final drive, but he was picked off for the fourth time by Giants safety Stevie Brown on a fourth down heave. Romo wound up with 437 passing yards, Witten set a Cowboys record with 17 catches and all three of the receivers mentioned above had more than 100 passing yards. All of that production was undone by the six turnovers, though, and that’s the ultimate reason they lost.

The Giants never really got things moving offensively on Sunday and the defense struggled for long stretches, but they made fewer mistakes and made enough plays in the fourth quarter to save the day. That’s become their calling card and, at 6-2, it’s one they’re likely to keep playing a while longer.

76 responses to “Giants hold on for win in exciting battle with Cowboys

  1. At this point its just laughable how lucky the Giants get every week. 2nd straight week the Giants D got shredded. Last week Skins put up 500 yards and Giants escaped thanks to landing on 3 Skins fumbles and the refs taking 11 points off the board on garbage calls. This week the Giants only get 11 first downs, Romo has 400+ yards passing, and it takes SIX turnovers for the Giants to escape. If the Cowboys hadn’t just lost their minds and ran the ball on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th and 1 to get the first down on 2nd to last drive, they would’ve got the win. Then the final pass to Bryant they’re literally ONE inch from losing. Permanent horseshoe lodged up their ###. Such a joke.

  2. I found myself falling a sleep during this game. Woke up to surprise, Romo throwing the gameaway and handing NYG another fluke win. Robert Griffin the 3rd is without a doubt the best QB in the NFC and the Redskins will throttle everyone once the defense is finally built well.

  3. Dez Bryant can’t even keep his shirt tucked in, how can you expect him to keep ahold of the ball or stay in bounds? He’s a boy in a mans body who’s just another one of Jerry’s boys.

  4. I have a headache from the nerves of watching that game. As a Giants fan, I am happy we got the win, but I will tell any Cowboys fan that they might just be allowed to say the line “we beat ourselves” today.

  5. This is one time where I will not argue with anyone who called the Giants “lucky” in this game. They were badly outplayed, and Dallas tried like heck to give them the game all night, but they wouldn’t take it home. Props to Dallas, because they deserved it more.

    The Giants are a mess, and I don’t expect much else from them going forward unless they learn to stop getting gashed by that weak zone nonsense.

  6. Not proud of this win at all. Giants need to find a way to get into the end zone more often because the schedule only gets harder. Glad we got the W but lets not brag about it…I know I won’t.

  7. Winning ugly > losing pretty.

    As much as I loathe the Cowboys, I have to give them credit for not giving up today. However, the bottom line is what counts, and that went to the Giants.

  8. here’s a legimate question I would like all to answer…. Are the Dallas Cowboys the dumbest team in the NFL? and by dumbest I mean from owner, VP, GM, HC, Assistant Coaches, QB, other players, etc……?

  9. giantlucksacks says: Oct 28, 2012 8:01 PM

    At this point its just laughable how lucky the Giants get every week. 2nd straight week the Giants D got shredded. Last week Skins put up 500 yards and Giants escaped thanks to landing on 3 Skins fumbles and the refs taking 11 points off the board on garbage calls. This week the Giants only get 11 first downs, Romo has 400+ yards passing, and it takes SIX turnovers for the Giants to escape. If the Cowboys hadn’t just lost their minds and ran the ball on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th and 1 to get the first down on 2nd to last drive, they would’ve got the win. Then the final pass to Bryant they’re literally ONE inch from losing. Permanent horseshoe lodged up their ###. Such a joke.
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    Stop crying like a little baby and making excuses, its embarrassing.

    All those stats and all those records, an Dallas can’t enjoy them because they lost.

    4 in 0 in Dallas, I mean Giants Stadium.

  10. @ giantslucksack
    You’re really impressed that romo threw over 400 yards? Slow down, he threw the ball 65 times. That’s about 2 games worth of passes, 3 to some quarterbacks.
    How big of a loser are you that you create a name on how lucky the giants are, then whine week in and out about them like a psychotic child. Get a grip already…..and a job

  11. The Giants hate is comical. I can just see you guys rallying around your tv sets weeping…”you guys just wont lose!!!!!” lol

    Trust me on this…Giants fans laugh at you all!

  12. Funny how the haters didn’t say the Giants were better than Philly when Jackson won the game on a punt return even though they were totally outplayed. Hypocrites! Scoreboard dopes. Giants win ans take full control of the division. Thanks for giving us another win 🙂

  13. As a true die hard Giants fan, we were very lucky to win this game today. This defense is atrocious, and if Giant fans think we are going to win it all playing D like this, they are fooling themselves.

    They lack a killer instinct and pretty much have the mindset that playing from behind every week is okay. We are on borrowed time if we don’t fix this leaky overrated secondary and the inability to score in the red zone.

  14. Game ain’t over till its over. That was crazy! Eli can’t win every game for you. It’s all about team. Battle to the end!

  15. Luck plays for the Colts and Fluke is a fish

    Neither are on the Giants roster

    What the Giants did today was out last a bad team.
    The Giants have a very bad habit of playing down when playing a bad team that is what happened today .

    Next week its big ben and watch how the Giants show up to really play againest a good team

    Its great to be a Giants fan 6-2

  16. Every week QB’s with the most passing yards lose the game. I’ll take the leading rusher over the leading passer every week. And I’ll take a boring QB that doesn’t throw 4 picks to put my team into that huge hole. Dallas lost that game on Romo’s idiocy. Or was all his INT’s the fault of his receivers again?

  17. I’m so sick of hearing about the Giants ‘luck’. Good teams make their own luck. How were the Giants ‘lucky’ when a ball bounces off of Cruz’s behind for an interception? Where was the ‘luck’ when a sack for a huge loss is wiped out by a holding call? Cowboys had plenty of bounces go their way today. The Giants were not lucky, Romo is just a bad quarterback. It’s time for the crybaby Cowboys fans to shut up and take their place at the bottom of the NFC East. Eli owns Jerry World!

  18. Where to start. Romo is… never mind, everybody knows what he is. On to the HC. Garrett is one of the worst game managers in this league. Why, with 1:15 on the clock and 3rd and 1, do you throw to the end zone??? Even if you score you’ve left Manning too much time. After that call he then decides to throw again, but Romo runs 20 yards backwards and throws an incompletion. Get the first down, then use the fresh series to take time off the clock and try to score with higher percentage plays. This core group, MINUS Witten, Ware, and a few others, needs to go… and Garrett should be the first out the door. These players have been together for too many seasons with absolutely NOTHING to show for it. Blow it up…

  19. Happy for the win, but I’m at a loss as to why Gilbride has had the OC job for so long. Yeah, he’s had some great games in the past, but, I felt like I could have pulled plays out of a hat and I would have called a better offensive plan today…

  20. Never in my life have I been more pissed off/nervous during a game. I knew Dez didnt come down in bounds in real time and if they didnt overturn that I was gonna fly to Dallas and raise some hell.

    With that said 6-2 Babyyyyyyyyyyyyy!

  21. After what Eli’s big brother did a couple of weeks ago coming back from 24-0 to win 35-24, no game is over at halftime. Dallas defense kept the Giants to way more field goals than NY wanted, and they get credit for that.

    This game was about ball security… nothing more, nothing less. It doesn’t come down to the last play if Dallas doesn’t turn it over 6 times.

  22. Isn’t funny how the eagles never get lucky..the giants are the only one,over and over and over and over(notice 4times)..when the game matters,aka the 49ers we kick butt,most of the games are just fluff till the post season starts..remember the post season Philly..hahahaha smoked by Matt Ryan.

  23. giantlucksacks says:
    Oct 28, 2012 8:01 PM
    At this point its just laughable how lucky the Giants get every week. 2nd straight week the Giants D got shredded. Last week Skins put up 500 yards and Giants escaped thanks to landing on 3 Skins fumbles and the refs taking 11 points off the board on garbage calls. This week the Giants only get 11 first downs, Romo has 400+ yards passing, and it takes SIX turnovers for the Giants to escape. If the Cowboys hadn’t just lost their minds and ran the ball on 2nd, 3rd, or 4th and 1 to get the first down on 2nd to last drive, they would’ve got the win. Then the final pass to Bryant they’re literally ONE inch from losing. Permanent horseshoe lodged up their ###. Such a joke.
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    And people call us sore losers……

    Yes, the Giants weren’t perfect, (Far from it) but at the end of the day, they still had more points than Dallas when the game clock hit zero. That’s all that matters.

  24. Defense wasn’t as bad as some make it out to be. One blown coverage.

    Not being able to cover that STIFF Witten is what bothers me. Front four was great, secondary was fine except that near monumental gaffe late on Bryant and the earlier blown coverage. Yardage doesn’t bother me.

  25. Im being honest here…a win is a win. If the Giants win dramatically each week, abd still win, guess what? Ill take it! Stevie Brown is outplaying Kenny Phillips and Aaron Ross isnt exactly an upgrade over Prince…they won a Super Bowl last year. Nothing to fix!

  26. A really good win for the Giants for sure, but let’s not give Eli Manning that much credit for his “comeback” he was awful today. The Giants playmaking defense (and another awful Romo game) was responsible for the victory not him. Eli played bad enough that he needed a 4th quarter comeback let’s not omit that from the recap here.

    The Giants are definitely the best team in the NFC East and in my opinion are a good bet to get back to the super bowl but the Packers, Falcons, and 49ers (who the Giants killed) make a really good top 4 in the NFC.

  27. While it was clear that Bryant’s fingers were out of bounds, if you look closely his palm may have hit in bounds before his fingers touched out of bounds. Since you can’t tell which hit first, his fingers out bounds or his palm in bounds, there being no indisputable evidence the play should not have been overturned. And I am not a Cowboys fan. I am simply a student of the game.

    Go Dolphins!

  28. giants dropped 8 passes that cost them points, nobody mentions that.

    dal turnovers the ball over and it cost them.

    giants offense didn’t play.

    but giants should blow them out

  29. It was a touch down. His ass and the ball were in the end zone. The league needs to re-evaluate their criteria for these plays.

    It’s absurd that a play of that magnitude doesn’t count.

  30. The Giants are lucky???? 6 Turnovers, 4INT’s are Lucky???? The Giants should have blown out The Boys 49-24 but Kevin Killdrive didnt want to humiliate Dallas in Dallas and opted for 5 FGs to keep us watching this game. Just kno if I was the Giants Offensive Coordinator these games wouldnt be close.

  31. Giants had a bad day on offense. Lots of dropped passes, Bradshaw and the O-Line didn’t assert themselves until the 4th Quarter, settled too many times for FGs…

    And they still won. How scary will this team be when they put it together? And you know where you can put your “lucky Giants” nonsense. Good plays made those turnovers.

  32. While the Cowboys probably should have won that game in the end. I’ll take actual victories over moral victories. The Giants are 6-2 and leading the NFC East with a rather comfortable margin, that’s all that matters to me right now.

  33. Note to Reese: Love the defensive line but need to draft a secondary. Cut the princess and get us some people that can cover. Not proud of this win but anything is better than a Cowgirls win and this Big Blue train keeps a rollin’…….

  34. I love how non-Giants fans come in this specific blog and talk about Giants luck and, like a sore loser above said, it just being “laughable.”

    Seems like there are more “haters” posting on Giants stories than their teams loss. That was an ugly game, one that the Giants definitely did not look good. But guess what, they just did enough to pull one out. The Giants, for a long time, has been known to get ugly wins. And this is just one of them.

    What’s really laughable is how haters will just continue to hate because as their team, specifically the Skins, Philly and Cowboys, slide into another losing season, they just won’t be able to stand the Giants and their ugly wins more and more. Hahaha…. Enjoy it losers!!!

    Laughable…. I like that…. that was hilarious….

  35. The Giants lead the NFL in turnovers forced for a REASON. And those were all takeaways today (minus the last one), so don’t get it twisted thinking “Dallas screwed up on a play” here and there and the Giants “got lucky”.

  36. One other point I wanted to make….I love Ahmad, but maybe it’s time to give Andre Brown and David Wilson the keys to the car a little more….

  37. 8man says: Oct 28, 2012 8:56 PM

    It was a touch down. His ass and the ball were in the end zone. The league needs to re-evaluate their criteria for these plays.

    It’s absurd that a play of that magnitude doesn’t count.
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    And Dr. Goodman needs to re-evaluate your prescription. His hand was the first thing down, and his finger landed out of bounds. Even resident Cowboys homer Troy Aikman admitted it. Who are you, then, to say otherwise ha?

  38. The Cowboys deserve credit for stopping the Giants from doing what they wanted to do on offense, the Giants defense deserves credit for taking advantage of opportunities with the Turnovers… Eli can’t win every single game, but I’ll tell you want he got us in position kick the go ahead FG and if not for some drops maybe we get more done on offense. Still no excuses at the end of the day we 6-2 1st place NFC East, to the HATERS and Salty Cowboy Fans DEAL WITH IT! GMENNNNNNN

  39. hungbob says: Oct 28, 2012 8:35 PM

    The Cowboys owner needs to do what the Carolina owner did last week; fire the general manager.
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    I hope he doesn’t his foolishness in both roles keeps guaranteeing the Giants will own his team in Arlington ha.

  40. A Win Is A Win. I’ll take it. I’m sure the Jets would!

    Aside from that, look out now. G Men are 6-2 and after today’s ugly win, Tommy will throw a few sh*t fits this week and slap these guys silly.

    Giants have a tendency to get stronger at the end, so does Eli. I wouldn’t exactly count them out of a possible repeat of last year.

  41. Why do we have such a hard time with NFC East teams?…..oh the joys of loving the Red, White and Blue of the G Men……

    And for once I’d like some impartial guys in the broadcast booth…..I’m tired of these guys slanting their commentary against our guys……

  42. As a Cowboys fan.. I’m not here to bash the Giants or call them lucky.

    I think it was a classic game and it was very fun to watch. Dallas gave the ball away 6 times, end of story. That’s what the Giants do! What a game. Until next time Giants! Go Cowboys.

  43. When Tony Romo starts off any game looking shaky, the result of the game always seems to be doom and gloom for America’s Team. When he is on early, Dallas wins. The Giants are 4-0 against the Cowboys in Jerruh’s Palace, despite being very beatable today. America’s Team is never going to the Super Bowl as long as Jones thinks he is a general manager and Romo is their signal-caller.

  44. itsmammoth says:Oct 28, 2012 9:25 PM

    As a Cowboys fan.. I’m not here to bash the Giants or call them lucky.

    I think it was a classic game and it was very fun to watch. Dallas gave the ball away 6 times, end of story. That’s what the Giants do! What a game. Until next time Giants! Go Cowboys.

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    Nice to hear a “non-hate-filled” rant. Yes, until next time.

  45. 8man says:
    Oct 28, 2012 8:56 PM
    It was a touch down. His ass and the ball were in the end zone. The league needs to re-evaluate their criteria for these plays.

    It’s absurd that a play of that magnitude doesn’t count.
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    You know what’s REALLY absurd? You got 6 thumbs up on that comment.

  46. how come tom coughlin and kevin gilbride get crucified every few weeks or so yet perry fewell NEVER gets an ounce of criticism? his defensive philosophy is atrocious. let’s not forget he was in buffalo a few seasons, was their dc, and interim head coach, yet in the ensuing vacancy the bills interviewed another minority and refused to interview fewell for the post he was holding at the time. that tells me all i need to know about this guy.

  47. lol at the Giants fans who can’t accept how lucky their team is …. the past 2 weeks your OWN PLAYERS said you got lucky to ESCAPE… Canty this week, Tuck last week…. nobody in the NFL has a bigger horseshoe up their &&& the past few years.

  48. gilbride… aggressive when he shouldnt be. not aggressive when he should. it was the rookie,hosley, who kept getting burned. brown does come up with INT but he is nevwr in the right place or know how to put others in the right place. we need Phillips back.

  49. Ok the Giants won but I want to know whether they were “respectful” to Rob Ryan or not.

    lolercopter

  50. This is awesome. From being 0-1 on the week one loss to where the Gmen are at right now. A lot of football to play. Let’s work out the offensive and defensive issues and march on to some more wins.

    GO BIG BLUE!!!

  51. I can’t figure out why the giants have to make it so hard on themselves week after week 23-0 game should be over SMH!!!

  52. @rixofct

    How do you fool a subject you have shown a trick to a thousand times? Division foes know each other inside and out..making it harder for a blowout than a team that hasnt played another o ne in 4 years. Its called “how the Jets sometimes avoid a blowout vs. NE”

  53. Being a GIANTS fan is the most stressful thing imaginable. I am a fan of various other teams in other sports, but nothing even comes close to this kind of stuff… I assure the fans of any other team that the GIANTS may indeed be lucky, but their fans earn every single win.

  54. It was ugly & the Giants played like crap. However, their crap stunk less than the Cowboys’ crap. Talk all you want about them being lucky; as a Giants fan I will admit they got extremely lucky. Nevertheless, a lucky win doesn’t count any less in their record than the few dominating wins they’ve had this year. Making things better is the fact that it was a “lucky” divisional win, squaring up their division record at 2-2, giving the G-Men a 2.5 game lead in the division, clearly in control. The Redskins are done at 3-5 with that horrendous defense & 0-1 record v. The Giants; the Eagles are unraveling once again & are about to go with a rookie QB the rest of the way; and the Cowboys are once again under .500, lost their tiebreaker to the Giants, also are on the losing end of the tiebreaker with the Eagles, and they lost an All Pro LB for the year (they’re done). The Giants pretty much “luckily” wrapped up the NFC East today & their week 15 matchup against the Falcons could very well be for the #1 seed in the NFC. As each week goes by, this year is looking more & more like another “Super” season, albeit a “lucky” Super season.

  55. What you saw at the house that Jerry built and Eli owns is a complete team.

    Every game can not be won by the O when the O has issues the D has to step up

    That is what happened yesterday Eli and Co had a bad day and Tuck and Co steped in a won the game.

    That is why you have 53 men so when some strugle others step it up

  56. What a painful game. Two positives: Bruce Carter is a man; Ratliff is the emotional leader we’ve been looking for for years. Get Rat in Dez’s face the same way Irvin got in everyone’s face. The defense was stellar. The offense was…well, offensive. And special teams played like Special Olympians.

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