Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Oct 25, New York Giants Vs. Dallas Cowboys
Why celebrate so soon, Dallas Cowboys?
Tony Romo was tackled to the turf in the second quarter, and with him seemed to go Dallas’ playoff hopes. The Cowboys quarterback suffered a broken clavicle on the play and the Giants brushed off an early 13-point deficit for a 41-35 victory in Week 7 of the NFL regular season on Monday, October 25 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The Dallas defense picked off Eli Manning twice in the opening minutes, and the lead was 20-7 when Dez Bryant returned a punt 93 yards for a touchdown midway through the second quarter.
However, Romo was injured soon after, and the Giants poured it on offensively in the victory. Dallas drops to 1-5 on the season, and since Romo’s injury usually requires an 8-to-10 week recovery time, the postseason seems like a pipe dream. Backup quarterback John Kitna, who hadn’t taken a regular season snap in two years, finished 16-of-33 for 187 yards and two touchdowns, with most of those yards coming late as Dallas scrambled to come back.
New York turned the ball over five times in the contest, but when the Giants weren’t giving the ball away, they were scoring. Hakeem Nicks had nine receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns and Steve Smith added nine catches for 101 yards and a score. The running football lines game moved the ball, too, as Ahmad Bradshaw had 126 yards on the ground and Brandon Jacobs added 75 and a touchdown.
New York Giants improves to 5-2, and after an early season funk, might just be the best team in the NFC. The defense allowed plenty of points, but many came because of turnovers and special teams gaffes. Manning has a tendency to turn the ball over like he did early on, but the team simply shook it off. The Giants have now won four straight, against the Bears, Texans, Lions and Cowboys. If the team continues to play to this level, it could be the team to beat in the conference.
The Cowboys were on a short list to be that team when the season started, but the season may be over after only six games. The star-powered squad hasn’t put it together consistently this season, and it would now take a miracle for Kitna to get the team close to playoff contention. Rookie Dez Bryant played well, catching four balls for 54 yards and two touchdowns and returning the punt for a score, but the running game again struggled. Dallas amassed only 41 yards on the ground. Without a running game or Romo, the Cowboys look like they could be in a world of hurt.
What a game.. What a game... What a game!!!