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Sept 8, 8:30pm - Giants at Cowboys
Game 1
Giants 3 7 7 14 31
Cowboys 3 10 14 9 36
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Giants lose to the Cowboys 36-31.
Eli Manning was 27 of 42 for 450 yards with 4 TDs and 3 INTs.
Da'Rel Scott rushed for 23 yards on 5 carries and had 5 catches for 51 yards.
David Wilson rushed for 19 yards on 7 carries and had 2 fumbles.
Victor Cruz caught 5 passes for 118 yards and 3TDs.
Hakeem Nicks caught 5 passes for 114 yards.
Rueben Randle caught 5 passes for 101 yards.
Brandon Myers caught 7 passes for 66 yards and 1TD.
Ryan Mundy had 1 interception.
Trumaine McBride was credited with having a fumble on a punt return.
Jason Pierre-Paul had 1 sack.
Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph each had .5 sacks.
Josh Brown kicked a 20 yard field goal.

Game Notes:
"I was really looking forward to this game and was happy to learn that Jason Pierre-Paul would be playing. That was something I had hoped for as he could be a real game changer. My happiness didn't last very long and what a strange game it turned out to be. The overall numbers for the Giants were really big both for good and for bad. Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and four touchdowns, but he also had three interceptions.
Manning's very first pass of the game was thrown towards David Wilson, but it was intercepted instead by DeMarcus Ware. That didn't seem to be Wilson's fault, but he contributed to the cause by committing two fumbles and being yanked from the game by Tom Coughlin. The Giants had seemed real confident that he could handle the starting position.
Suddenly putting all your chips on David Wilson
to be your star running back for the 2013 season doesn't seem to be the best decision you can make. Mistakes were the name of the game tonight and the Giants made more than their share on the opening game of the season where a few are expected to happen. The problem is that the Giants don't seem to have a remedy at hand.
Our three receivers, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Rueben Randle did well. Our defense had to recover from the situations our offensive unit put them in six times. Eli Manning, with two minutes left and down by six points, almost pulled it out, but a pass bounced off the hands of Da'Rel Scott and was returned for a Cowboys touchdown. Manning still managed to get in one more touchdown for the Giants after that and they tried an onside kick, but sooner or later the game clock runs out."

Game Notes:
"Well the Cowboys finally got to have their day. They managed to pull off a win against the Giants in their own Stadium. It took a few years and a lot of mistakes by the Giants for them to succeed by just five points, but they finally got it done. Despite being comfortably ahead at times, they managed to avoid a possible comeback by the Giants by fending off an onside kick recovery attempt as the clock was running down. With 11 seconds left they finally could feel good about themselves.
The Giants were healthier for this season opener than anyone might have expected. Defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, wide receiver Victor Cruz and fullback Henry Hynoski were all active. None of that mattered as the Giants basically gave this game away by committing those six turnovers.
There was a lot of 'announcer talk' about how new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's amazing defense caused these turnovers, and I'm sure Rob Ryan is turning over in his yet unfilled grave. The fact is that even though the stats refer to them as 'forced turnovers' by the defense, these were mostly freebie giveaways by the Giants who played the game like they had no previous practices or preseason games.
The Giants committed turnovers on their first three possessions and guess what? The score was just 13-10 in favor of the Cowboys. It took three more turnovers by the Giants in the second half for the Cowboys to increase their lead by just two more points, and yes, get the win 36-31. I think you see where I'm going here. Let's see where the standings are when these two teams meet up again on Nov 24."

First Quarter
Play: Dan Bailey 30 yard field goal, 13:04
Drive: 4 plays, 3 yards in 1:49
Dallas 3-0

Play: Josh Brown 20 yard field goal, 2:02
Drive: 4 plays, -1 yard in 1:58
Tied 3-3
Second Quarter

Play: Dan Bailey 38 yard field goal, 10:02
Drive: 14 plays, 60 yards in 7:00
Dallas 6-3
Play: Jason Witten 15 yard TD pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey extra point is GOOD), 2:55
Drive: 9 plays, 71 yards in 4:57
Dallas 13-3

Play: Victor Cruz 70 yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 1:50
Drive: 3 plays, 80 yards in 1:05
Dallas 13-10

Third Quarter

Play: Barry Church 27 yd opp fumble return (Dan Bailey kick), 12:31
Drive: 0 play, 0 yard
Dallas 20-10

Play: Jason Witten 4 yd pass from Tony Romo (Dan Bailey kick), 4:55
Drive: 2 plays, 16 yards in 0:49
Dallas 27-10

Play: Victor Cruz 18 yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 1:44
Drive: 8 plays, 80 yards in 3:11
Dallas 27-17

Fourth Quarter

Play: Dan Bailey 45 yd FG, 12:10
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards in 4:34
Dallas 30-17
Play: Victor Cruz 10 yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 8:47
Drive: 7 plays, 90 yards in 3:23
Dallas 30-24

Play: Brandon Carr 49 yd interception return (failed 2pt Pass from Tony Romo), 1:50
Drive: 0 play, 0 yard
Dallas 36-24

Play: Brandon Myers 4 yd pass from Eli Manning (Josh Brown kick), 0:11
Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards in 1:39
Dallas 36-31

Giants Eli Manning's 450 yards was the second-highest of his career.

Giants for the first time in team history had 3 receivers with 100+ yards receiving.

Giants safety Ryan Mundy's 91 yard interception was the longest return by a Giant since Oct. 23, 2006.
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