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The New York Giants got a huge win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night to wrest back control of the NFC East, and no one figured more prominently in the victory than Eli Manning. The Giants quarterback threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns, and led two drives late in the fourth quarter to bring New York back from a 12-point deficit on the road.
The Giants are rather pleased to have Manning under center, if their post-game quotes are any indication:
"We have a great quarterback," running back Brandon Jacobs said. "If you ask me he's the best in the business when our backs are against the wall and we need a score. He's never let me down.
"I believe in him. I believe in our offense, I believe in our coaches and they got it done."
Tom Coughlin also found Eli's resilience after a nutty interception impressive.
"He was really upset over the interception, but he comes right back," Coughlin said. "He comes right back and takes the field and away we go. He obviously made some great plays coming down the stretch."
Manning has 14 passing touchdowns in the fourth quarter this season, tying an NFL record that his brother Peyton shares, and has also led six fourth quarter comebacks. The only season in which Eli has had three fourth quarter comebacks? 2007. And three of those comebacks in the Giants' Super Bowl season came in the playoffs.
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The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants typically put together exciting games when the two NFC East rivals meet, but their game on Sunday Night Football was particularly entertaining. The game included eight lead changes, but it was the Cowboys that came out on top in the end as they moved closer to a spot in playoffs with a 37-34 victory.
Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey had a 47-yard field goal attempt go through on the first attempt, but Giants coach Tom Coughlin called a timeout before the snap. His second attempt was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul, effectively ending the game with just one second left on the clock.
Pierre-Paul was impressive throughout, forcing an early-game safety and stripping Felix Jones to give the Giants an extra possession prior to halftime. The second-year pro finished the game with eight tackles and two sacks to go with his blocked field goal and strip earlier in the game.
The Giants were able to put together an impressive fourth quarter performance as Eli Manning came through in the clutch by leading the Giants to two touchdowns in the final four minutes after trailing 34-22 for a time. Manning finished the game with 400 yards passing and two touchdowns, but he was actually better than the statistics show.
The game-winning touchdown came when Brandon Jacobs rushed for his second touchdown from one-yard out with 51 seconds remaining on the game clock. Jacobs rushed rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns including the game-winner, though his celebration on the star was probably most memorable -- if nobody remembers his early-game hurdle, that is.
Regardless, the game-winning touchdown is included below.
The Cowboys were impressive on offense as Tony Romo completed 20 of his 29 passing attempts for 296 yards and four touchdowns to four different receivers as Miles Austin, Laurent Robinson, Dez Bryant and even tight end John Phillips were on the receiving end of Romo bombs.
Dallas's last touchdown from Romo to Bryant looked similar to quite a few of their passing touchdowns as he inexplicably found himself wide open for a 50-yard touchdown. In the end, however, the kicker couldn't come through as the Giants came back to win.
The two teams will meet again in the final week of the season, but the Giants will host the Washington Redskins next week. The Cowboys go on the road to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next Saturday night.
The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants might need to re-evaluate their secondaries after their game on Sunday Night Football. Dez Bryant found himself wide open behind the Giants defense to catch a 50-yard touchdown pass from Tony Romo, extending the Cowboys lead to 34-22 midway through the fourth quarter.
Bryant's long bomb of a touchdown pass followed up similar deep receiving gaffes from each team as teammate Laurent Robinson hauled in a long bomb of his own to set up the Cowboys' last touchdown and the Giants' Mario Manningham did the same on a previous possession as well. Hakeem Nicks also found himself open for a 64-yard reception earlier in the game.
Bryant's touchdown was only his first reception of the game, and a quiet one at that considering his lone punt return went for just 10 yards. Tony Romo has been working to pass the ball around, however, as he's connected with eight different players on his way to 270 yards and four touchdowns.
Miles Austin hadn't played for the Dallas Cowboys since a Nov. 6 game against the Seattle Seahawks due to a hamstring injury. He wasted no time getting back to his touchdown-scoring ways, however, as his catch from Tony Romo put the Cowboys up 27-22 in the fourth quarter of their game on Sunday Night Football.
The New York Giants gave up the third 80-plus yard drive of the game to the Cowboys, ending in Austin's touchdown catch, but it was set up by another long bomb from Romo to fellow wide receiver Laurent Robinson.
Robinson was essentially Austin's replacement in the Cowboys offense while the latter dealt with his hamstring injury so it was unclear exactly how they'd coincide upon Austin's return. It doesn't seem to be a problem thus far as both have caught touchdowns on Sunday night. Even though Robinson has far more yards (137 to 18), both have been targeted five times by Romo.
Mario Manningham kind of took a backseat to his New York Giants wide receivers in the first half as he was targeted just once by quarterback Eli Manning, but that all changed midway through the third quarter. The Giants now lead 22-20 following the sixth lead change of the game.
Manningham took advantage of a Cowboys defense that was late to get on the field, late to set up and obviously late to find out that Manningham was wide open by the time he hauled in his 47-yard touchdown pass.
Manningham's touchdown catch improved Manning's statistics quite a bit, too, as Manning has now thrown for 244 yards and a touchdown while completing 15 of his 28 passing attempts. Aside from Manningham, Hakeem Nicks has been Manning's top option with six receptions for 130 yards.
TheDeMarco Murray injury on Sunday Night Football was a bit unclear, according to the video, when it originally happened to the Dallas Cowboys rookie running back. It appears now, however, that Murray both fractured his ankle and suffered a high ankle sprain in an injury that could cost him the season.
Murray's new injury diagnosis was first reported by ESPN Dallas's Tim MacMahon. He also reported that Murray is likely out for the season, something that isn't necessarily surprising considering the severity of the ankle injuries.
Murray rushed 159 times this season for 872 yards and two touchdowns this season after replacing Felix Jones earlier in the year after the Cowboys incumbent went down with an injury. The rookie had also caught 25 passes for 177 yards while having a large part in just six of the Cowboys games this season.
With Murray out, it's likely the Cowboys will be forced to sign another running back to back-up Jones as they released Tashard Choice earlier in the season.
It looked like the Dallas Cowboys would head into halftime behind on the scoreboard in their Sunday Night Football game against the New York Giants, but that wasn't quite the case. The hafltime score is 17-15 with the Cowboys on top in Dallas following a late field goal from Dan Bailey.
Bailey's field goal, a 49-yard attempt, offset Lawrence Tynes' kick through the uprights on the Giants previous possession. The Giants took the lead late in the second quarter with a Lawrence Tynes field goal, but it was set up once again by Jason Pierre-Paul and the New York defense. Paul was able to strip Felix Jones as he ran up the middle and the football ended up in the hands of the Giants -- with solid field position to boot.
That wasn't the first big play Pierre-Paul made in the game, either, as he was credited with a safety on Tony Romo earlier in the game.
The quarterback duel has been a bit one-sided as Eli Manning has completed just nine of his 19 attempts for 146 yards and a touchdown while Romo has thrown for two touchdowns and 104 yards while throwing just four incompletions. The running back battle is a bit more in sync, though, as Jacobs has rushed 13 times for 62 yards while Felix Jones has eight carries for 81 yards following the Demarco Murray injury.
Laurent Robinson took over for the Dallas Cowboys as Miles Austin was out due to injury, but even with Austin back in the lineup for their game against the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football, the veteran was able to find the end zone. Tony Romo connected with Robinson midway through the second quarter to give the Cowboys a 14-12 lead.
Robinson has just one reception and one target thus far in the game, but he made it count as it ended with a trip to the end zone. The video below will show just exactly how it happened.
Following Romo's safety on the Cowboys' first possession of the game, the Dallas quarterback has completed seven of his nine passing attempts for 55 yards and a pair of scores. This game might not end up as ugly as it started for the Cowboys quarterback after all.
Brandon Jacobs is the New York Giants running back of choice in the early goings of their Sunday Night Football game against the Dallas Cowboys and the big man is making the most of it. After pulling off an impressive hurdle earlier in the game, Jacobs scored a touchdown to help the Giants re-gain the lead in the second quarter.
Jacobs needed only to barrel in from one-yard out to score for New York and allow himself to be tied with Tiki Barber for the most touchdown's all-time for the Giants with 55. Following the touchdown, he completed a rather interesting touchdown celebration on top the Cowboys' star in the end zone.
Jacobs now has nine rushing attempts for 44 yards and a touchdown to go with his awkward dance on the helmet star. That won't make any Cowboys fans happy, we're sure.
The Dallas Cowboys lost a running back when the DeMarco Murray injury happened early on in their first offensive possession following Tony Romo being sacked in the end zone for a safety, but that won't hurt their passing game. Romo found third-year pro John Phillips for a touchdown to take the 7-5 lead.
Romo connected with Phillips on a 12-yard touchdown pass on what amounted to basically being a tight end bubble screen as Phillips had plenty of blockers ready to escort him into the end zone. It was the first touchdown of Phillips' NFL career.
Tony Romo has completed three of his five passing attempts for 30 yards and the above touchdown. It won't make people forget about the safety he took earlier in the game, but that will all change too if Dallas is able to build on their new lead.
A DeMarco Murray injury is the last thing the Dallas Cowboys need at this point in the season considering the rookie's impressiver performance over the past several weeks, but that appears to be what happened on Sunday Night Football. Murray appeared to possibly twist his right ankle while being tackled by Dave Tollefson.
Murray could have possibly hurt both of his ankles as it looked like Tollefson rolled up on his back legs as he took him down, but an actual injury update hasn't been given as of yet. For now, Felix Jones will take the remaining snaps for the Cowboys as he's the only other active running back on the team.
Murray has taken 159 carries for 872 yards and two touchdowns this season after replacing Jones earlier in the year after the Cowboys incumbent went down with an injury.
The New York Giants ended punting on their first possession of the game, but surprisingly, they still escaped with the first points during the Sunday Night Football game of the week. The Dallas Cowboys helped them out quite a bit, however, as Tony Romo ended up basically running into the end zone for a safety.
Romo started the possession on his own six yard line, but after pressure from Jason Pierre-Paul, the quarterback stumbled a bit into the end zone and ended up gifting the Giants two points and an early lead.
Manning and company had three plays to attempt getting into the end zone following what looked to basically be a Hail Mary pass, but instead had to settle for a 5-0 lead following Lawrence Tynes hitting a 23-yard field goal.
The New York Giants ended their first possession on Sunday Night Football with a punt to the Dallas Cowboys. That doesn't mean awesome things didn't happen on that first drive, however -- we're looking at you Brandon Jacobs.
Jacobs, all 250 pounds of him, hurdled a Dallas Cowboys player to pick up the first down early on in the drive. It sounds crazy, but animated evidence is shown below.
The Giants lead 2-0 after picking up a safety on the Cowboys ensuing drive.
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