Dallas Cowboys Defeat New York Giants 24-17

Posted: September 7, 2012 by Rob Barros in NFL, Sports

The 2012 NFL season kicked off last night as the defending Superbowl champion New York Giants played host to the Dallas Cowboys.  The Giants were the favorite heading into the contest featuring a relentless pass rush against a questionable Cowboys offensive line. In the early going, both defenses came up with big plays, as Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee forced a key fumble on Giants rookie running back, David Wilson. That fumble would kill a drive that was moving well into the Cowboys side of the field. The Giants defense would respond later on in the 2nd quarter when linebacker Michael Boley intercepted quarterback Tony Romo. During the run back it seemed Michael Boley was poised to score, but Cowboys offensive tackle, Tyron Smith committed a horse-collar penalty that would prove to be a key play in the game, as the ball was placed at the one yard line. You would think that the Giants should’ve easily scored, but the Cowboys defense stood their ground and forced the Giants to kick a field goal. Later, in the 2nd quarter, with about 3 minutes to go, the Cowboys marched down the field as Tony Romo hit Wide Receiver Kevin Ogletree in the endzone for the first touchdown of the game. The Cowboys led 7-3 at the half.

As the 2nd half began, the Cowboys seemed to have all of the momentum on their side, as they took the ball down the field once again to open up the 3rd quarter with another Tony Romo touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree. The Giants needed to respond in order to keep the game close, and Eli Manning was ready to make that happen. On a drive starting from their own 23, the Giants marched down the field thanks largely in part to a spectacular 39 yard reception from Domenik Hixon. On the next play, Ahmad Bradshaw would take a 10 yard carry into the endzone and the Giants were back to within 4. Once again, the Cowboys offense was able to move the ball easily down the field, but the Giants defense was able to hold them to a field goal. At the end of the 3rd quarter, the Cowboys led 17-10. The Giants would open up the 4th quarter continuing a drive that began with just 40 seconds to go in the 3rd, only that drive would end with a Jason Hatcher sack of Eli Manning, and the Giants would be forced to punt. Dallas would respond with a penalty filled, but time consuming drive that lasted 7 minutes and 6 seconds, and ended with a Tony Romo 34 yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin.
It was up to Eli Manning to pull another miracle out of his hat, as the Giants were in no huddle mode the rest of the way. Ahmad Bradshaw sparked the drive with a 33 yard run up the middle, putting the Giants at the Dallas 37 yard line. After converting on two 4th down plays, Eli Manning hit new tight-end Martellus Bennett in the back of the endzone to pull the Giants back to within 7. The Giants defense needed to stop the Dallas offense just one time in order to give Eli and company one more shot at tying the game. On a 3rd and 2 play, Cowboys running back, DeMarco Murray, would run to the left for 3 yards seemingly ending the game, but a holding penalty would bring it to 3rd and 10. On the next play, the Giants last shot, Tony Romo would once again find Kevin Ogletree for a 13 yard pass and put the Giants hopes away. The Cowboys got their revenge on the Giants for that 31-17 beating they took at Metlife Stadium to close out the 2011 season, giving the Giants the NFC East crown.
Game Notes

-Tony Romo went 22/29 for 307 yards and 3 touchdowns.

-DeMarco Murray ran for 131 yards on 20 carries.

-Kevin Ogletree caught 8 passes for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns.

-DeMarcus Ware recorded 2 sacks, getting his 100th of his career.

-Eli Manning went 21/32 for 213 yards and 1 touchdown

-Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 78 yards on 17 carries

-Victor Cruz caught 6 passes for 58 yards

-The Giants defense recorded 2 sacks (Linval Joseph, Rocky Bernard)

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