NFL Week 14: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

NEW YORK – The game last night was something to see. It was hands down the best and most exciting game of the year for Big Blue. The Giants pulled out the win 37-34 in a battle. There were a ton of lead changes and despite the horrible calls by the refs, the Giants found a way to win. They are now in first place of the NFC East and control their own playoff destiny. The G-Men will need to win one of the two upcoming games against the Redskins or Jets and then they need to win the final game of the year against the Cowboys in MetLife stadium. Actually, all three of their final games will be played in MetLife stadium (Giants stadium), even though the Jets game is considered a home game for Sanchez and company.

The first half was up and down with both teams scoring at will. They went into the locker room with Dallas leading 17-15. The Giants got a rare safety for 2 points and those were the first points on the board for either team. The second half was much of the same with both teams scoring a lot and taking advantage of the depleted defensive squads. The heart attack Giants won this game in the final two minutes and Manning notched his sixth 4th quarter comeback victory of the season. Dallas had a chance to send the game into overtime but a blocked FG by Jason Pierre-Paul put an end to all of that.

Let’s take a look at my notes from the game.

QB Eli Manning – Easy Eli had a terrific game once again and has eclipsed the 4,000 yard passing mark for a third straight year. He finished with 400 yards 2 TD’s 1 INT. He should make the Pro Bowl.

RB Brandon Jacobs – Brandon the Bull was playing like a mad man last night. He finished with 101 yards and 2 TD’s. Nice job Brandon!

WR Hakeem Nicks – Nicks had a great game too and was pulling down everything thrown his way. He finished with 157 yards 0 TD’s.

DE Jason Pierre-Paul – I’m convinced that JPP is not from earth. He gets my game ball and single handedly saved the Giants season. He finished with 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble and 1 blocked punt. He also led the entire defense in tackles. Wow!

LB Michael Boley – Every time I saw a Cowboys player get rocked, I saw Boley bouncing up from the ground. The guy is awesome and finished second on the team in tackles.

WR Mario Manningham – Super Mario made his presence known with 62 yards and 1 TD. Way to go Mario!

S Antrel Rolle – The hard hitting safety was making plays out there and doing his best against the speedy Dallas WR’s.

RB Ahmad Bradshaw – AB was shut down for the first half for a team violation. He finished with 12 yards. Well below my prediction of a big game. He will be fine and ready to go next week.

DT Chris Canty – Canty’s return to Dallas wasn’t a warm and fuzzy reunion. He made some plays out there and finished with 1 sack.

LB Jacquian Williams – I saw this kid making a lot of plays out there. I saw him miss a few too but he is outstanding for a rookie thrown into the fire. He has a bright future in New York.

CB Prince Amukamara – Prince is still learning the system and getting his feet under him. He finished third on the defense in tackles.

TE Jake Ballard – Big Jake is the real deal and Manning’s favorite safety valve. He finished with 52 yards and 1 TD.

S Deon Grant – The crafty veteran had a solid game once again and finished with 1 fumble recovery.

LB Mathias Kiwanuka – Kiwi is fast for a guy his size. You don’t realize how big he is from the way he flies around on the field. He had a great game.

WR Victor Cruz – Cruz finished second on the team in receiving and had 82 yards. That’s a good game by most standards.

CB Aaron Ross – Ross continues to do his best while filling in for Terrell Thomas. He made some plays out there against Dallas.

DE Justin Tuck – Tuck left the game in the first half with an injured toe but returned. He had a decent game but can play better.

P Steve Weatherford – This guy is Mr. Consistency. Fans are glad this is one area of the team that is no longer an issue. Good job Steve!

K Lawrence Tynes – Tynes had a good game and finished with 2 FG’s. He also made all 3 of his extra point attempts.

Giants Offense – The offense had a great game and won the shoot out against the Cowboys. Eli Manning is playing out of his mind right now.

Giants Defense – It’s no secret that the injury riddled Giants defense has become the achilles heel. They are doing their best with who they have.

Giants Special Teams – The special teams blocked a FG that gave the G-men the win. I would say they did a good job in this game.

What did you think about the Giants performance against the Cowboys?

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6 Responses to NFL Week 14: Giants vs. Cowboys, Game Notes

  1. bobbyg says:

    big blue came to play,a game they needed to win and they did just that.great game,heart attack at the end as usual,but terrific play by octopus arms did it.the giants cant leave any time on the clock if games are close.56 seconds last week did them in,and 45 seconds and an over thrown ball by romo to austin almost did them in.but the g-men came away with a much needed win thanks to eli throwing the team on his back yet again.could you imagine if the giants defense showed up for a whole game,the gmen could be pretty dangerous going down the stretch.aaaah now there home.huge win last night.

    • robdomaine says:

      Hey Bobby, they certainly did come to play. A friend of mine predicted Jacobs would have a big game before the game started and he was right. Jacobs seems to come to life when he plays the Boys for some reason. Manning and JPP better be in the Pro Bowl too. Those guys are playing out of their minds right now.

  2. Dan Hanaczewski says:

    Great article Robert. Very exciting game last night. I couldn’t sleep for some time afterwards because I was so excited that the GIANTS came back and got that much needed elusive “W”. Three games left for them and I have a feeling they will need to win out. I’m very hopeful that they are going to win the NFC East this year…considering the tough schedule they had to fight through, I think it’ll galvanize them in this final stretch. Last night sure was a great start, and beating those cowgirls is always a plus! GO GIANTS!!

    • robdomaine says:

      Hey Dan, thanks buddy! Good to see you on our comment boards. That was the best game of the year without a doubt. I’m not sure if the G-men will make the playoffs or how far they will go if they do but this was a good win and I’m enjoying it. Don’t be a stranger man, feel free to discuss these articles in the comment area anytime you want.

  3. Patrick C Devaney says:

    Brilliant piece once again Robert! I love reading your game notes every week, excellent analysis of the team and individual players as always.

    I thought I’d have troubled staying up til 5 a.m. Irish time watching the entire game but once we won in such exciting circumstances, I couldn’t get to sleep for more than an hour after the game! Buzzing after that incredible performance and hopefully our defence can be strengthened over the next couple of weeks and with a bit of luck, why not dream of winning the Superbowl? Let’s go Giants!

    • robdomaine says:

      Hello Patrick, thank you very much and welcome. You picked a good game to stay awake and watch. That was the best game of the year so far. I love when we beat our division rivals. Our defense could certainly use some help by getting a few of those injured players back on the field. We will have to wait and see on that. They need to win one of the next two games and then the season finale against the Cowboys again. Feel free to comment on any of our articles buddy. We enjoy the conversation. Anyone can jump in at anytime with their own thoughts.

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