Oct 192014
 
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Daniel Fells, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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DALLAS COWBOYS 31 – NEW YORK GIANTS 21

The New York Giants dropped their fourth game of the season, and second consecutive divisional game, to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21. Below are several quick hits and tidbits from the Giant defeat, including stats and post-game notes.

Game Inactives
Dallas Cowboys

  • OLB Bruce Carter
  • DT Davon Coleman
  • DE Jack Crawford
  • OT Doug Free
  • DB Jakar Hamilton
  • OT Donald Hawkins

New York Giants

  • OT James Brewer
  • DT Jay Bromley
  • RB Rashad Jennings
  • OG Brandon Mosley
  • OG Adam Snyder
  • WR Corey Washington

NOTES:

Offense…

  • On the Giants second touchdown, quarterback Eli Manning hit tight end Daniel Fells for a 27-yard touchdown. The touchdown marked the eighth for a Giants tight end this season. The eight scores by the tight ends are the most by the positional group since 2009 when Kevin Boss caught six touchdowns and Darcy Johnson two. If another tight end catches a touchdown pass this season, it will mark the first time in more than two decades that the positional group had nine touchdowns or more.
  • For the third straight game, Eli Manning did not throw an interception. In 2013, Manning threw interceptions in all but three games. It is the first time Manning has gone three games without an interception since 2008.
  • Through the season’s first seven games, Eli Manning has thrown just five interceptions. At this point last year, Manning had thrown 15.
  • After catching just one pass the last two games, Larry Donnell caught seven passes for 90 yards. With Victor Cruz absent, the team used both Preston Parker and Odell Beckham Jr. in the slot.

Defense…

  • Jason Pierre-Paul had two sacks versus Dallas. It was his ninth multi-sack performance of his career and his first since Oct. 14, 2012 versus San Francisco.
  • Prince Amukamara and Jacquian Williams led the Giants with seven tackles each.
  • After allowing LeSean McCoy to run for 149 yards a week ago, Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray rushed for 128.
  • Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie started the game playing just third downs, but did not play the second half. Amukamara guarded Dez Bryant for the majority of the game. Bryant caught nine passes for 151 yards

Injuries…

  • Giants DT Cullen Jenkins left the game with a leg injury and was seen in a walking boot following the game. The Giants used both Markus Kuhn and Mike Patterson in his place.
  • Linebacker Jon Beason left the game in the first half and was taken back to the locker room for x-rays on his injured toe. The x-rays came back negative, but Beason did not return to the game.
  • Jason Pierre-Paul missed a few plays with an unknown injury, but returned to the game.
Oct 192014
 
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Tom Coughlin, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

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Good teams don’t make these plays.

On fourth and one, a good team’s offensive line won’t jump offsides. Trailing by seven in the fourth quarter, a good team’s tight end won’t fumble a ball after picking up a first down deep inside their own territory.

A good team’s tight end won’t fumble again with under a minute to play.

A good team won’t claim a game as a ‘Must Win,’ then get gashed for more than 400 yards on defense, including 156 on ground.

Maybe the New York Giants are what the preseason expectations stated they were: An average, to slightly below average, football team.

Sunday afternoon, the Giants lost their fourth game of the season – second in a row to a divisional opponent – falling to the Dallas Cowboys, 31-21. The loss dropped New York’s record to 3-4, 1-2 in the NFC East and 2-4 in the conference.

“We had opportunities,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “We couldn’t stop them when we had to stop them.”

Odell Beckham, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

Odell Beckham – © USA TODAY Sports Images

In the first half, New York looked to be ready for the divisional fight many expected. After Dallas took the lead on a first quarter touchdown pass from Tony Romo to tight end Gavin Escobar, the Giants scored 14 unanswered points.

Quarterback Eli Manning marched the Giants 71 yards in 10 plays, capping the drive off on a nine-yard touchdown to rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. After a Prince Amukamara interception got the Giants the ball back five plays later, Manning took just one play to get New York back in the endzone.

At the Dallas 27 yard line, Manning rolled out on a play fake and found tight end Daniel Fells for the score. Manning finished 21-of-33 for 248 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the third straight game Manning did not turn the ball over.

But the Giants lead was short lived. On the ensuing possession, Tony Romo hit Terrance Williams for a 18-yard touchdown to tie the game. In the second half, Dallas snapped the 14-14 tie when Romo found Escobar for a 26-yard touchdown past Zack Bowman.

With the Giants down seven, Manning looked to march the team on a game-tying drive, but quickly the one-possession game turned into two. Facing a third and 8, Manning fired a pass over the middle to Larry Donnell.

Daniel Fells, New York Giants (October 19, 2014)

Daniel Fells – © USA TODAY Sports Images

As Donnell fought forward for the first, the tight end fumbled the ball. Dallas recovered and four plays later, DeMarco Murray ran in from a yard out to put Dallas up, 28-14. After allowing LeSean McCoy to rush for a season-high 149 yards, Murray tallied 128 on the ground against New York.

Murray has now tied an NFL record with seven 100 yard rushing games in a season, and set the NFL record for most 100 yard rushing games to start the year.

With Dallas leading 28-14, Manning marched the Giants 80 yards in 11 plays, taking 3:43 off the clock, before finding Beckham for his second touchdown of the game.

Facing a fourth and goal at the five, Manning hit Beckham on a slant. Beckham finished with four catches four 34 yards and two touchdowns.

With New York back in the game, it turned to its defense to get a stop and give Manning the ball back, but those hopes never materialized. Romo took Dallas on a 10-play drive, eating up 4:29 of the clock. Dan Bailey capped the drive with a 49-yard field goal, putting Dallas up 10 with under a minute to play.

With little hope left, New York fumbled away its final chance when Donnell was stripped for a second time.

New York (3-4) will have a bye next week while Dallas (6-1) will host the Washington Redskins (2-5).

Jul 092014
 
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Osi Umenyiora and Antonio Pierce, New York Giants (August 21, 2010)

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The New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys will be facing off just a bit earlier than the team’s first scheduled regular season match-up Oct. 19.

This Sunday, on July 13, at 3:00 PM, the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will face the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ at The Pine Belt Arena in Toms River, New Jersey for a basketball game. The matchup will bring together both past and present Giants’ and Cowboys’ players.

Rosters are still presently being put together, but confirmed athletes dressing up for the ‘Doomsday Defenders’ will be Ed ‘Too Tall’ Jones, Kevin Smith, Drew Pearson, Cole Beasley and Dwayne Harris. Suiting up for the ‘NYG Hoopsters’ will be Antonio Pierce, Jessie Armstead, Stephen Baker, Eric Dorsey and Bennett Jackson.

Following the game, which which runs every two years, players will be made available for an autograph signing session.

For complete information on the game and how to purchase tickets, visit Cowboy Hoops online.

Sep 092013
 
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Ryan Mundy, New York Giants (September 8, 2013)

Ryan Mundy Picked Off This Pass But Came Up 1-Yard Short – © USA TODAY Sports Images

New York Giants Fall to Dallas Cowboys 36-31: The New York Giants fell to the Dallas Cowboys 36-31 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night. The story of the game was turnovers as the Giants turned the ball over six times, with two of those turnovers being returned for touchdowns.

“I’m totally embarrassed about that sloppy, sloppy football,” said Head Coach Tom Coughlin after the game. “You can’t win turning the ball over. The carelessness, the lack of understanding that that’s how you lose.”

The Giants had five offensive possessions in the first half, and the first three resulted in turnovers. On New York’s very first offensive snap, QB Eli Manning’s screen pass intended for RB David Wilson was intercepted by DE DeMarcus Ware at the 15-yard line. The Giants’ defense held and Dallas was forced to settle for a short field goal.

On the Giants’ second possession, the Giants moved to the Cowboys’ 8-yard line in four plays with the big play being a 57-yard catch-and-run by WR Hakeem Nicks. But on 1st-and-goal, Wilson fumbled the ball away and Dallas recovered at their own 7-yard line. The Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out. New York’s third possession then ended with another Manning interception as the Dallas safety returned the ball to the Cowboys’ 48-yard line.

The Cowboys drove to the Giants’ 13-yard line, but on 3rd-and-11, S Ryan Mundy intercepted QB Tony Romo and returned the ball 91-yards to the Cowboys’ 1-yard line. However, the Giants could not punch the ball in and were forced to settle for 20-yard field goal. The game was tied 3-3.

Late in the first quarter and early in the second, Dallas drove 60 yards in 14 plays to set up a 38-yard field goal as the Cowboys regained the lead 6-3. The Giants’ offense went three-and-out and the Cowboys then followed that up with a 9-play, 71-yard drive that resulted in a 15-yard touchdown pass to TE Jason Witten for a 13-3 advantage with just three minutes to play before halftime.

The Giants quickly tightened the game up again on 70-yard touchdown from Manning to WR Victor Cruz.

At the half, the Cowboys led 13-10.

The Giants’ defense forced a three-and-out on the Cowboys’ first possession of the second half. After a sack, on 2nd-and-15, Wilson fumbled the ball away again with Cowboys’ safety Barry Church returning the fumble 27 yard for a touchdown and a 20-10 Cowboys’ lead. The Giants gained one first down on their next possession and punted. The Cowboys also picked up one first down and punted, but the Dallas punt touched CB Trumaine McBride who was blocking a Cowboy. Dallas recovered the “fumble” at the Giants’ 16-yard line. Two plays later, Romo hit Witten again for a 27-10 Cowboys’ advantage.

The Giants then responded with a 8-play, 80-yard drive that resulted in an 18-yard touchdown pass from Manning to Cruz near the end of the third quarter. Cowboys 27 – Giants 17. Dallas then drove 53 yards in eight plays to set up a 45-yard field goal. Cowboys 30 – Giants 17.

The Giants quickly made a game of it again as Manning and the Giants went 90 yards in seven plays, and Cruz caught his third touchdown of the night from Manning, this one from 10 yards out. Cowboys 30 – Giants 24 with less than nine minutes to go in the game.

The Cowboys picked up one first down and then punted. The Giants went three-and-out. The Cowboys picked up one first down and punted again. With 2:41 left in the game, the Giants moved from their 17-yard line to their own 48 with two minutes to go. But on 1st-and-10, Manning dump-off to RB Da’Rel Scott was batted into the air and CB Brandon Carr returned the interception 49 yards for the score and a 36-24 lead.

“We had a chance to win and I choked,” said Scott after the game.

The Giants did drive 80 yards in nine plays to make the score look more respectable – 36-31 – with 11 seconds left, but the Cowboys recovered the onsides kick to win the game.

Manning finished the game 27-of-42 for 450 yards, four touchdowns, and three interceptions. Running backs David Wilson and Da’Rel Scott only managed 42 yards rushing on 12 carries. Cruz caught five passes for 118 yards and three touchdowns, Nicks caught five passes for 114 yards, and WR Rueben Randle also caught five passes for 101 yards.

Defensively, the Giants gave up 87 net yards rushing and 244 net yards passing. The Giants lost the turnover battle 6-1.

Video highlights/lowlights are available at NFL.com.

Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s Post-Game Press Conference: The video of Head Coach Tom Coughlin’s post-game press conference is available at Giants.com.

Injury Report: CB Prince Amukamara was forced to leave the game late in the first half with a concussion and did not return. LB Dan Connor aggravated a burner and left the game and did not return.

Post-Game Notes: Inactive for the Giants were QB Ryan Nassib, TE Adrien Robinson (foot), OC David Baas (knee), OT David Diehl (thumb), DE Damontre Moore (shoulder), DE Adewale Ojomo, and DT Johnathan Hankins.