Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was hoping to fire up his own teammates with last week’s comments, saying “There’s going to be a lot of blood spilled out there,” against the Cowboys.
But it was the Cowboys who tasted blood Sunday.
Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher had fake blood smeared across his face in the post-game locker room after the 24-21 win.
“I just finished eating a Giant,” Hatcher said, via Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com. “Y’all didn’t see me out there? That’s some leftover blood. They said blood is going to be shed, right?”
Hatcher did most of the eating, with two sacks of Giants quarterback Eli Manning. And he made the Giants eat a week’s worth of words, after several of their players had talked a lot of trash or guaranteed a win last week.
And unusually enough, it was the Cowboys that let their deeds do the talking.
“Action speaks louder than words, so we went out there and did what we were supposed to do tonight,” Hatcher said. “Actions speak louder than words, so we went out there and we did what we were supposed to do tonight. They talked the talk. They had to back it up, and they didn’t. We came out with the victory. We came into their house and took it from them. . . .
“It feels good. This team is all about action. We don’t get caught up in all this. After it’s done, we show what we can do. I’m proud of my team. I’m proud of what we did. They didn’t give us nothing. We took it.”
Of course, if the Cowboys always showed this kind of dedication to action, they might not be so consistently inconsistent, and would have more of a pulse as they push for the playoffs.