The 1-3 Giants head to Jerry’s World this weekend to take on the 3-1 Cowboys. Due to the Giants poor start to the season, we are now in must win territory every week. The Giants are heavy underdogs on Sunday, but it’s important to remember that there was a time when AT&T Stadium was Giants Stadium 2.0. In 2012, the Giants won a classic matchup with the Cowboys in Arlington.
The 2012 Giants were one of the last two Giant teams that had a winning record. Coming into this week 8 matchup, the Giants were 5-2, but following this win, the Giants went 3-5, and ended up missing the playoffs at 10-6. Despite the late season flop, the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants showed up big time in this one, at least in the first half. Defensively, Stevie Brown had an interception early, in what was one of the biggest flash in the pan seasons I have ever witnessed. Brown would finish 2012 with eight interceptions, and looked like the next Giants star before tearing his ACL in the 2013 preseason. Corey Webster would also have an interception, and Jason Pierre-Paul showed off his freak athleticism with a pick 6 of his own. Offensively, the Giants would only score one touchdown on the back of another flash in the pan player, Andre Brown. Lawrence Tynes had three first half field goals to build a 23-0 lead for the G-Men. Midway through the second quarter, Tony Romo would lead the Cowboys on a scoring drive capped off with a Felix Jones touchdown run. After Dan Bailey made it a 23-10 lead, the second half was all Cowboys.
In my 14 years of watching Giants football, there has never been a bigger pain in the you know what then Jason Witten. He made his presence felt early and often in this one, finishing with 18 receptions for 167 yards. Miles Austin and Dez Bryant would join Witten in the 100+ yards club, going for 133 and 110 yards themselves. This helped the Cowboys climb back into the game, with touchdown runs by Romo and a touchdown reception by John Phillips. These two scores, and another two Dan Bailey field goals would give the Cowboys a 24-23 lead going into the fourth quarter. The Giants would manage to kick two fourth quarter field goals, to regain a 29-23 lead, but late in the fourth quarter is where the real action began.
Following the Giants second field goal, the Cowboys had a chance to take a late fourth quarter lead. Instead, the star of 2012, Stevie Brown, secured his second interception of the game. So the Giants had the ball, with the lead, and just 1:03 seconds on the clock. One first down would end the game, but of course, in classic Giants fashion, they would go three and out, and punt the ball to Dallas with 44 seconds left on the clock. Romo would lead the Cowboys down the field, and it looked like they had won the game after Romo found Dez Bryant in the back of the end zone for an acrobatic 37-yard touchdown grab. After the review, it showed that Bryant’s finger had landed out of bounds, and Giants fans around the world breathed a sigh of relief. It wasn’t over there though. Romo found Witten for a first down two plays later, and would get two more shots at the end zone. Thankfully, Miles Austin dropped a possible touchdown just like he dropped one the year prior in Dallas. Following this, with one second left on the clock, Romo would overthrow everyone in the end zone, and the Giants secured a 29-24 victory.
After the Giants won this game, they were 4-0 in Dallas’s own house. Since then, they are 1-7 in Dallas, and 4-12 against Dallas overall. There is absolutely no better time to reverse this trend then right now. The Giants lost a heartbreaker in Dallas last year, and beat them in the season finale. Granted, Dak Prescott wasn’t playing in one game, and left midway through the third quarter in the other. The point is that the Cowboys aren’t unbeatable, and despite their record, I think the Giants have a chance to be a better team than they were last year.
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