The New York Giants hosted the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium in their second meeting since the season opener. Patches of snow scattered across the field served as a reminder for viewers at home that the game was as cold as it was classic in the Giants’ 10-7 rivalry rematch win.
This was only the Cowboys’ second loss the season, dropping them to 11-2 after losing their first game to New York way back in the season opener. The G-Men improve to 9-4 after sweeping Dallas for the first time since 2011. They Giants also keep their hopes alive of surpassing the Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.
Time of possession was nearly split down the middle, as the Cowboys held the ball for 29:08, while the Giants’ offense controlled the field for a majority of the game at 30:52.
After a questionable start to the game left the fans at MetLife uneasy when QB Dak Prescott connected with WR Terrance Williams for a 31-yard touchdown and the first points of the game, it didn’t take long for the crowd come back roaring.
On the Cowboys’ next drive, CB Janoris Jenkins came up with the first of the Giants’ three turnovers. That play sparked the defense and helped lead to a shutout for the remainder of the game.
When the third quarter rolled around, it was time for New York’s offense to shine. First, the Giants marched up the field to get Robbie Gould in good position for their first points of the game by way of a 39-yard field goal.
The next drive didn’t last long. On the second play, Eli Manning connected with Odell Beckham Jr. on a slant route and the star receiver took over from there, streaking across the field for an unreal 67-yard touchdown that left Cowboys’ defenders in the dust.
Once again, Big Blue has set the tone across the league with the way every player on all ends stepped up at one point to offer a significant contribution to help get the win. Even special teams came up huge, when Dwayne Harris tracked down Brad Wing’s punt at the three-yard line with just over a minute left in the game.
Poor position for the Cowboys’ final drive forced them to take chances, which ended up forcing a four-and-out.
“We talked about them having them box of shirts,” Beckham said, referring to how the Cowboys had the opportunity to secure the NFC East with a win of the second place Giants.
It wasn’t easy, but that’s what made it all the more sweet. With nine wins, the Giants still have a chance to steal the NFC East from Dallas and puts Big Blue in fantastic position to make the playoffs.
Brian Parchmann | December 11, 2016