1:00 PM Cowboys at Giants
win over the Cowboys 23-19
could see that the Giants were fired up from the start. They were pulling out
all the stops on the opening drive. Tight ends Kaden Smith and Evan Engram each
had first down catches. Wayne Gallman had a first down on one of his two 8 and
10 yard carries. Daniel Jones showed he could also be a threat on the ground for
the Cowboys with a 7 yard scramble. Sterling Shepard topped things off with a
23 yard end-around run, taking the ball into the endzone for a touchdown.
The only concerning note after all this was that Graham Gano missed the extra
point. Gano had made 29 straight field goals from all kinds of distances, and
in this last game of the season matchup with the Cowboys, you didn't want to see
him have a bad day. The Cowboys gained just 15 yards with Andy Dalton taking a
sack from Blake Martinez. After the punt, Jones ran for three yards before hitting
Austin Mack with a first down pass, but then he fumbled a handoff to Wayne Gallman,
turning the ball back over to the Cowboys at the Giants 27 yard line.
when things were going well, the Giants had to make a mistake.
Once again the
Giants sacked Dalton to kill this Cowboys drive, but they couldn't stop the field
goal, so the score was 6-3 in favor of the Giants. Not too much happened after
that, until the Giants scored a touchdown midway through the second quarter. It
was Shepard again, this time catching a 10 yard pass from Jones. The Cowboys started
getting their act together until Dalvin Tomlinson hit Dalton with an 8 yard sack.
They ended their drive with another field goal.
With less than a minute left,
Jones connected with wide receiver Dante Pettis, and he just barley cleared the
endzone for a touchdown. I figured that would be it, but the Cowboys had just
enough time to try a long 57 yard field goal to end the half, and it was good.
The Giants were leading 20-9 after scoring three touchdowns, and the best part
was that they were holding the Cowboys to field goals.
That changed in the
second half, as we were treated to the usual Giants-fan-trepidation. Jones pass
to Evan Engram batted up from his hands and was intercepted. The Cowboys turned
that into a touchdown, and scored a field goal after that. Later in the fourth
quarter I was nervous when Gano came in to try his first field goal of the day.
I knew he had kicked two extra points after missing that first one, but this was
a long 50 yarder, and a miss would give the Cowboys nice field position. The kick
was good, and having a four point lead was a small measure of relief until the
Cowboys got down to the Giants 7-yard line.
A sack on Dalton followed up by
an interception, quelled my fears, and I was excited as the Giants were about
to win this game. Then as they were running the clock down, Wayne Gallman looked
to have fumbled the ball away at the Giants 39-yard line, but the review showed
that he had recovered it. A few plays later, and the Giants had won! It was quite
some game to watch, and the Giants finished the season on a high note. They still
even have a shot at getting to the playoffs. I can't wait to watch the game tonight
between Washington and the Eagles. It's hard to root for either of those teams,
but repeat after me - 'An Eagles win and the Giants are in!' - 'An Eagles win
and the Giants are in!'
thought Daniel Jones was going to lean heavily on Evan Engram after his first
pass in the game went to him for a 14 yard completion. It turned out that it was
the only pass he threw to Engram in the first half. Maybe that was a good thing.
Jones first pass in the second half went to Engram, bounced up off his hands,
and was intercepted. Jones had thrown 177 passes without an interception before
It became a momentum changer for the Cowboys, who were down 20-9, and
had just gone three-and-out on their opening drive in the third quarter. The Cowboys
scored a touchdown, and on the Giants next drive, Engram dropped a pass that would
have bailed them out on a 1st-and-25 play. Jones next pass to him went for just
3 yards, and Jones scrambled for 11 after that, but it wasn't enough. After the
punt, the Cowboys scored a field goal, and the Giants lead had shrunk to 20-19
just as the fourth quarter was getting underway.
Graham Gano gave the Giants
a much needed buffer with his 50 yard field goal. Now the Cowboys needed nothing
less than a touchdown to take the lead before the game ended. They engineered
a time consuming drive that forced the Giants to use all three timeouts. Leonard
Williams came up with a sack on Andy Dalton for a 10 yard loss when he had a 1st-and-goal
from the Giants 7-yard line. Then on third down, the Cowboys drive ended with
an interception in the end zone by Xavier McKinney.
The rookie safety almost
had one earlier on the Cowboys first drive of the game, but a holding penalty
on Darnay Holmes gave the ball back to the Cowboys. McKinney's first career interception
here, effectively ended the Cowboys chances. Wayne Gallman did almost give them
one more chance on the Giants final possession, but Gallman recovered his fumble.
the Giants are in a position to win the division title and head into the playoffs
if, - and it's a big 'if'- the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Washington Football
Team later tonight. Philadelphia can't improve their last place position in the
standings, and they have already stated that a lot of their playmakers would be
sitting out this game."
| First Quarter
Sterling Shepard 23 Yd Run (Graham Gano PAT failed)
Drive info: 6 plays, 78
- FIELD GOAL
Greg Zuerlein 38 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 7 yards, 2:07
| Second Quarter |
Sterling Shepard 10 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
6 plays, 65 yards, 3:06
- FIELD GOAL
Greg Zuerlein 46 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 44 yards, 4:29
Dante Pettis 33 Yd pass from Daniel Jones (Graham Gano Kick)
Drive info: 4
plays, 75 yards, 1:28
- FIELD GOAL
Greg Zuerlein 57 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 35 yards, 0:45
| Third Quarter
Ezekiel Elliott 1 Yd Run (Greg Zuerlein Kick)
Drive info: 10 plays, 62 yards,
| Fourth Quarter
- FIELD GOAL
Greg Zuerlein 36 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 13 plays, 62 yards, 5:14
GIANTS - FIELD
Graham Gano 50 Yd Field Goal
Drive info: 8 plays, 48 yards, 4:10
Sterling Shepard had 8 receptions for
112 yards, and his first 100-yard game of the season.
Williams had a career high 3 sacks, bringing his season total to 11.5 sacks. Graham
Gano kicked his 30th consecutive field goal, and it is now the new Giants record.
JAN 9 Tampa Bay at Giants - if Washington
loses to the Eagles - or next year.
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