After building an early lead midway through the second quarter, the Dallas Cowboys appeared to be well on their way to turning their 2010 season around.
Until disaster struk yet again.
While throwing a pass downfield, Giants linebacker Micheal Boley pounded Dallas QB Tony Romo into the ground, breaking his left collarbone and forcing him out of the game.
Romo said afterwards he will undergo tests to determine the damage, but the expectation is he could miss up to eight weeks- at least according to Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
"We'll see if surgery is required," Jones said. "If not, he's going to have some time out. [Troy] Aikman was out four weeks with this and our [trainers] initially think six [weeks], possibly as long as eight [weeks], but we'll see what his examination is."
The Cowboys, of course, have other concerns at the present time - like the 1-5 start after Monday night's 41-35 loss to NFC East rival New York.
Only the 1970 Bengals have made the playoffs after starting a season 1-5.
"I'm staying optimistic," Romo said. "This football team has a lot of high-character guys, a lot of competitive individuals who aren't going to give in to a tough situation."
After opening the game by throwing interceptions on their first two series, the Giants scored of five consecutive possessions to turn an otherwise close game into a blowout.
Eli Manning led New York to 31 points during that time, recovering from from the early interceptions to match his career best with four touchdown passes.
Hakeem Nicks caught nine passes for 108 yards and two touchdowns while Steve Smith caught nine passes for 101 yards and a touchdown.
But it wasn't all gloom and doom for the Cowboys - at least at first.
After forcing just four turnovers in the first five games, Dallas forced five against the Giants alone. Rookie wide receiver Dez Bryant also had a 93 yard punt return for a touchdown to give the Cowboys a short-lived 20-7 lead.
But it was all New York after that.
An eight-yard scoring strike to Nicks, followed by a 12-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith quickly erased the 13-point lead.
A 53-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes pushed the lead to 24-20 at halftime.
Romo's replacement, Jon Kitna, completed 16 of 33 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns (both to Dez Bryant), but most of his big plays came well after the game was out of reach.
Head coach Wade Phillips, who now is unquestionably on the hot seat, was asked afterwards if this season was bewildering to him.
"That's one word for it," he said. "This game we didn't outgain the opponent like we had in all the rest of the games, I thought the Giants played well even though we jumped all over them early. I thought they ran the ball well, they had success running the ball and I think that hurt us. We did adjust to it but not soon enough."
Cowboys lose; Romo breaks collarbone
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