Giants Beat Cowboys In Nail-Biter
For the first time since 2010 the New York Giants have started a season 1-0. On Sunday, the Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys in a nail-biter 20-19. In a game that was dominated by the Dallas Cowboys as far as time-of-possession, the Giants were able to pull through on the back of quarterback Eli Manning who threw for three touchdown passes.
Up by one with under a minute-and-a-half to play, it seemed as though the Giants were about to experience a case of deja-vu against their division rivals as the Cowboys came through late in the week 1 matchup between the two teams last season. Dallas kicker Dan Bailey had already hit a pair of field goals over 50 yards and looked ready to put the Giants away with another, but wide receiver Terrence Williams failed to run out of bounds and stop the clock already in Giants territory, thus handing the Giants the victory.
"The guy was trying to make a play," Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott said. "You never want to knock a guy trying to make a play."
The Giants run-defense seems to be for real. Newly acquired Olivier Vernon and Damon Harrison stuffed the run countless times on Sunday. They held Cowboys rookie running-back Ezekiel Elliott to only 51 yards on 20 carries and the team to only 101 yards rushing. However, Prescott was able to keep Dallas drives alive through the air, especially on 3rd down where the Cowboys were 10-of-17.
The defense came through when it had too, especially in the redzone where Dallas only managed 1 touchdown in 3 attempts.
The greatest takeaway from yesterday's game was that the salsa is officially back. After 700 days since he last stepped foot on the field in an NFL regular-season game, Victor Cruz came back from the devastating knee injury that sidelined him for over 20 months. Cruz totaled 4 catches for 34 yards and a touchdown (the eventual game winner) in his comeback game.
"You couldn't even describe what was going through my body," said Cruz , who had four catches for 34 yards. "Wanted obviously to do the dance. I'm sure I've got that down pat.
Cruz is the early favorite for Comeback Player of the Year just for the fact that he was able to play.
The Giants are now 1-0 and head back home for a shootout against the New Orleans Saints who lost their opener in stunning fashion.