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Dec 4, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Dallas at Giants
Game 12
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Dallas 0 0 10 0 10
Giants 0 10 7 0 17
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Giants win against Dallas 17-10.
Eli Manning went 12-of-31 for 152 yards with 2 INTs.
Tiki Barber rushed for 115 yards on 30 attempts.
Tim Carter caught 2 passes for 44 yards.
Plaxico Burress caught 4 passes for 47 yards.
Jeremy Shockey and Jim Finn each caught 2 passes for 20 yards.
Michael Strahan had 2 sacks.
Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck each had 1 sack.
Brent Alexander and James Butler each had 1 interception.
Jay Feeley hit one field goal for 27 yards, but later missed on a 33 yarder.

Game Notes:
"It was a noisy day at the stadium, and the Cowboys were hit with a false start penalty on their very first play. That encouraged the crowd and except for a few strange penalties by the Giants, they owned the Cowboys in the first half. It was exciting to see Brandon Jacobs power the ball in for the Giants first touchdown from the one yard line, and then again on a third and one to make a first down.
It was great when Antonio Pierce picked up a fumble and ran it in for a touchdown, just as the second half was starting, but right after that, something happened and the Giants turned into a pumpkin. The offense didn't score any more points for the rest of the game, and the defense let Dallas get two scores in the third quarter to make it close at 17-10.
It was a good thing the defense held in the fourth quarter, because it was looking like it was going to be one of those games, if you know what I mean. It went back and forth until Dallas had the ball on their own 32 yard line with a little more than 2 minutes left to play, and Brent Alexander came up with a real big interception. Of course, the Giants offense had already left for the day, so they went three and out, but luckily the special teams unit was still playing. Jeff Feagles kicked a great punt that David Tyree was easily able to down at the Cowboys 4 yard line. The defense did give up two first down plays, but with less than a minute and a half left, the Cowboys couldn't get too far. Next week is an away game against the Eagles, so the offense will be stuck at the stadium playing until the end of the game, when all the busses leave together."

Game Notes:
"Neither team was able to score in the first quarter, even with the Giants defense giving Dallas every break in the book on their first drive. It was 3rd and 5 and Fred Robbins drew an expensive 5 yard encroachment penalty. Then it was 3rd and 8, and Frank Walker was called for pass Interference. When the Cowboys needed a 3rd and 11, Frank Walker stepped up again with a personal foul for 15 yards. The next time Drew Bledsoe needed a 3rd and 11, he made the foolish mistake of not heaving it in the vicinity of any of the young Giants players. Still, on the punt, David Tyree was offside to give the Cowboys 5 yards and another kick. The defense buckled down after this and shone with 4 sacks, 3 of them being 3rd and 8 drive killers. They caused 4 turnovers and even scored a touchdown.
The Giants on offense played pretty erratic today and needed the touchdown that the defense provided, or it might have been 10-10 at the end of the fourth quarter. You have to ask, where is the Giants high-power offense? Eli Manning has a lot to work with. The offensive line gives him time. They have a solid running game with Tiki Barber. There are plenty of targets to throw at - Plaxico Burres, Amani Toomer, Tim Carter, Jeremy Shockey and Tiki Barber, but maybe that's the problem. Manning throws at them rather than to them.
I know he's still new, but Manning really has to pick up the pace, otherwise the offense will keep wasting their opportunities, and even if the Giants win the division and get into the playoffs, it won't go very far. In fact, if things don't improve, when we get down to the last game of the season against Oakland, you won't hear much talk about Eli Manning being compared to his brother Peyton. It will all be about Eli Manning vs Kerry Collins."

First Quarter
Second Quarter

Play: Brandon Jacobs, 1 Yd run (Jay Feely kick is good), 10:00.
Drive: 12 plays, 73 yards in 7:01.

Play: Jay Feely 27 Yd, 1:58.
Drive: 8 plays, 53 yards in 3:58.

Third Quarter

Play: Antonio Pierce, 12 Yd fumble return (Jay Feely kick is good), 14:48.

Play: Billy Cundiff 34 Yd, 10:03.
Drive: 10 plays, 54 yards in 4:45.

Play: Terry Glenn, 7 Yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Billy Cundiff kick is good), 3:52.
Drive: 1 play, 7 yards in 0:05.
GIANTS 17-10
Fourth Quarter

Game Stats:
Total First Downs    16 17
   By Rushing 6 5
   By Passing 7 9
   By Penalty 3 3
Third Down Efficiency 4-16-25% 4-15-27%
Fourth Down Efficiency 1-1-100% 0-1-0%
Total Net Yards 206 277
   Total Offensive Plays (inc. times thrown passing) 70 66
   Average gain per offensive play 2.9 4.2
Net Yards Rushing 81 127
   Total Rushing Plays 27 34
   Average gain per rushing play 3.0 3.7
   Tackles for a loss-number and yards 3-9 3-5
Net Yards Passing 125 150
   Times thrown - yards lost attempting to pass 4-21 1-2
   Gross yards passing 146 152
Pass Attempts-Completions-Had Intercepted 39-15-2 31-12-2
   Avg gain per pass play (inc.# thrown passing) 2.9 4.7
Kickoffs Number-In End Zone-Touchbacks 3-0-0 4-0-0
Punts Number and Average 7-40.0 6-44.7
   Had Blocked 0 0
FGs - PATs Had Blocked 0-0 0-0
Net Punting Average 39.1 39.7
Total Return Average (Not Including Kickoffs) 40 21
   No. and Yards Punt Returns 2-30 2-6
   No. and Yards Kickoff Returns 4-66 3-61
   No. and Yards Interception Returns 2-10 2-15
Penalties Number and Yards 7-46 6-44
Fumbles Number and Lost 2-2 0-0
Touchdowns 1 2
   Rushing 0 1
   Passing 1 0
Extra Points Made-Attempts 0 1
   Kicking Made-Attempts 1-1 2-2
   Passing Made-Attempts 1-1 2-2
Field Goals Made-Attempts 1-1 1-2
Red Zone Efficiency 1-2-50% 1-3-33%
Goal To Go Efficiency 1-1-100% 1-1-100%
Safeties 0 0
Final Score 10 17
Time Of Possession 28:29 31:31


Eli Manning's streak of throwing for a score in consecutive games came to an end at 12.

Giants had just 10 yards of total offense in the third quarter.

Giants had their first defensive touchdown of the season.

Michael Strahan with 127-1/2 career sacks, moves into 10th place all-time in the NFL.
He needs five more to tie Lawrence Taylor for the Giants' record.

Osi Umenyiora got his 11th sack of the season which is the most by a Giant other than Strahan since Chad Bratzke had 11 in 1998.

Tiki Barber's 30 rushes were the second-highest single-game total to his 32 vs. the Eagles in a 2002 OT game.

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Sun, Dec. 11 - Giants at Eagles 4:05 PM
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