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.