Giants 41, Cowboys 35

Posted: October 26, 2010 in Giants

In a game nowhere near as close as the final score, the Giants topped the Cowboys tonight on Monday Night Football, 41-35. The G-Men dominated this game, yet couldn’t get out of their own way, as five turnovers led directly to 28 Cowboys points. The other TD came on an 88-yard punt return by Dez Bryant. Eli Manning got off to a horrendous start, throwing two picks deep in Cowboys territory on the Giants’ first two possessions. The Cowboys capitalized, taking a 10-0 lead despite having only 15 total yards of offense at that point. Manning eventually heated up, tossing four TD passes. The Giants’ running backs also looked good, and the defense knocked Tony Romo out of the game and punished 90-year old Jon Kitna until the Cowboys got a bit of life at the end of the game.
Up 38-20 with just over three minutes remaining, the Giants inexplicably threw the ball when they should have been running out the clock. Keith Brooking returned a Manning INT inside the 20, and Kitna found Bryant for a score. The Giants recovered the onside kick and eventually got a field goal from Lawrence Tynes to make it 41-28. The Cowboys drove down the field on a soft Giants defense, and Kitna hooked up with Bryant again to close the gap to 41-35. Never should have gotten to that point, but I’ll take the win despite a bad start and finish. The Giants head into their bye week at 5-2, alone atop the NFC East. I’m cautiously optimistic, although the Giants rolled to a 5-0 start last year before absolutely tanking down the stretch. But in a pretty weak NFC, the Giants should at least make the playoffs this year. As for the Cowboys, wonder if Jerry Jones still thinks his team will reach the Super Bowl. At 1-5 and without their overrated star QB, 6-10 may be a stretch for this overpaid group of underachievers.

  1. I’m not one who roots for injuries and Tony Romo seems from afar like a reasonable enough guy so I feel badly for him but as a lifelong Giants fan I can’t stand the Cowboys and their awful record and bad immediate prospects please me greatly.

    Also as a lifelong Giants fan I’m still not used to this impressive corps of wide receivers. I’m used to 3 yards and a cloud of dust, defense, and 10-6 wins. Having these superb athletes leaping or diving all over the place making spectacular catches, tiptoeing to stay in bounds, making ankle-breaking moves to dismiss defensive backs blows my mind every time.

    • Andrew Sodergren says:

      I know. Eli certainly has a lot of weapons to choose from. I’m a big Eli fan, just wish he would cut down on his mistakes (although many of his picks are tipped passes). Still, he usually comes through when the team needs him. And as long as the defense is pressuring the QB, they’re going to have a chance to win.

  2. Willis says:

    That Manning kids is awesome! The one for the Colts

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