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Sunday, November 14, 2010

New head coach sparks the Cowboys past the Giants

On Monday, November 8th, 2010 Wade Phillips was fired as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach. Wade Phillips with the Cowboys had a record of 44-32 with only 1 playoff win. Offensive coordinator Jason Garrett was named head coach by owner and GM Jerry Jones. Jason Garrett started as most first time head coaches do tough (or at least act tough).

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants, the team that took out their beloved Tony Romo for most of the season in Week 7, 33-20 in Week 10. In the 1st half the Cowboys showed their emotion for the first time this season by scoring 9 points unanswered, a touchdown and a field goal. Lawrence Tynes, Giants' place kicker, scored the first points of the game (3-0 Giants). Next drive for the Cowboys, Jon Kitna connected with Dez Bryant, rookie, for 45 yards to the Giants' 13 yard line. Very next play was a 13 yard touchdown from Kitna to Bryant, first was ruled incomplete but Jason Garrett challenged and it was overturned for a Cowboy touchdown (6-3 Cowboys)! The extra point was no good by David Buehler. Few drives later, Cowboys on a continuation drive that started on the their 36 yard line started the 2nd quarter, drive ended with a David Buehler 22 yard field goal (9-3 Cowboys). On the kickoff, Buehler kicked the football out of bounds which gave the Giants the ball on the Cowboys' 40 yard line. This Giants drive ended up going into the Cowboys' red zone but the Cowboys came out with the touchdown by an Eli Manning interception that Bryan McCann ran back 101 yards for a pick 6 (16-3 Cowboys). The Giants received the kick off at their own 10 yards and returned it 15 yards. Those 15 yards were then taken back on the next play by a personal foul penalty on the Giants. Another penalty to back the Giants another 5 yards, back-to-back penalties. The Giants weren't able to get out of the 1st & 25 hole they dug them self into. Matt Dodge's, Giants' rookie punter, punt went out of bounds so the Cowboys got the ball on the Giants' 40 yard line. Great field position for the Cowboys but they were only able to get a 23 yard field goal out of it (19-3 Cowboys). Back-to-back field goal drives, Giants' Tynes nailed a 25 yard field goal to cut the Cowboys lead to 13 (19-6 Cowboys). Cowboys go into half time feeling great with a 13 point lead and the Giants feeling a little humiliated at home. Opening drive of the 2nd half started at the Cowboys' 29 yard line after a 23 yard return by Bryan McCann. After 2 plays for no gain then Jon Kitna threw to Felix Jones for a 71 yard touchdown (26-6 Cowboys)! Giants answer back in 9 plays with an 5 yard touchdown from Eli Manning to Mario Manningham (26-13 Cowboys). Jon Kitna answers back as well in 7 plays with a 24 yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin (33-13 Cowboys). Eli Manning completes to Kevin Boss for a 35 yard touchdown in only 3 plays (33-20 Cowboys). There was absolutely no scoring in the 4th quarter but Jon Kitna was picked off by Deon Grant and Eli Manning was picked off by Alan Ball, his first interception of his career. Eli Manning also fumbled after he recovered a bad snap and it was recovered by the Cowboys' Anthony Spencer.

The Cowboys win snapped the Giants 5 game winning streak and the Cowboys 5 game losing streak. Giants are now 6-3 while the Cowboys are 2-7. The Giants coming in to the game were being regarded the best team in the NFL but they only had the lead at one time and it was a lead of 3 points... The New Meadowlands Stadium wasn't ready for such a defeat that towards the end of the 3rd quarter the stadiums power shut off, I know the Cowboys were playing lights out but I don't think they wanted to play in the dark.

Some stats:
Top Passer: Eli Manning, Giants, threw 33 completions of 48 passes for 373 yards, 2 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions
Top Rusher: Ahmad Bradshaw, Giants, had 20 carries for 73 yards and 0 touchdowns
Top Receiver: Dez Bryant, Cowboys, had 3 catches for 104 yards and 1 touchdown (1st time in his career over 100 yards and only in 3 catches wow!)
Top Cowboys Passer: Jon Kitna threw 13 completions of 22 passes for 327 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interceptions
The Cowboys average starting position was on their own 28 yard line
The Giants had 25 first downs and the Cowboys had only 15
The Cowboys commited only 5 penalties, not much compared to how much they were committing in the first games of the seasons, for 60 yards and the Giants committed 8 penalties for 69 yards
The Cowboys had no fumbles only 1 turnover while the Giants put the ball on the ground twice but only turned over 1 of those but had 3 total turnovers, including Eli Manning's to 2 interceptions
All touchdowns were passing besides the pick 6 by Bryan McCann
The Giants had possession of the football over 10 more minutes than the Cowboys; Giants 37:51, Cowboys 22:09

Links
Boxscore- NFL.com: http://bit.ly/b7rZKe
Power outage delays game in New Meadowlands- ESPN.com: http://es.pn/aeGlw9
Out of the Dark- DallasCowboys.com: http://bit.ly/cjxkcq
Notes, Statistics & Anecdotes- NYGiants.com: http://bit.ly/doSCu6

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