Cowboys - Giants Report Card

Quincy Carter put it all together against the Giants. He was efficient. He played mistake free. And he made plays, completing 17 of 25 passes for 240 yards with a touchdown pass. He's also a playoff quarterback.

PASSING OFFENSE
B -- Quincy Carter put it all together against the Giants. He was efficient. He played mistake free. And he made plays, completing 17 of 25 passes for 240 yards with a touchdown pass. He's also a playoff quarterback. The Cowboys still drop too many passes. However, Joey Galloway had a 64-yard catch to open the game. Terry Glenn led the way with five catches for 64 yards, and tight end Jason Witten had a 36-yard touchdown reception.

RUSHING OFFENSE
C -- The Cowboys rushed for 104 yards as a team, but got only 36 on 12 carries from Troy Hambrick. The totals were supplemented by 34 yards from fullback Richie Anderson and 26 from quarterback Quincy Carter.

RUSH DEFENSE
A -- The Giants rushed for just 54 yards in the game. Dexter Coakley led the team with nine tackles and extended his team-record streak of 100 tackles in a season to seven. Dat Nguyen, the leading tackler on the NFL's No. 1 defense, added seven tackles.

PASS DEFENSE
A -- The Cowboys had five sacks, and the line accounted for all of them -- two by Greg Ellis and one each by Willie Blade, La'Roi Glover and Eric Ogbogu.

Roy Williams had six tackles and set the tone with a bone-crushing hit on Giants receiver Amani Toomer in the first quarter. He also had game-altering solo tackles on Tiki Barber and Jesse Palmer.

SPECIAL TEAMS
A -- Zuriel Smith had a 46-yard punt return. Toby Gowin had two touchbacks on kickoffs for the first time all year, and averaged 41 yards per punt. Billy Cundiff kicked four field goals.

COACHING
A -- The Cowboys are a playoff team with largely the same cast that went 5-11 last year. Credit the discipline and confidence Bill Parcells instilled in a bunch of guys not many people believed in. The Cowboys are going to the playoffs for the first time in four years. They head to New Orleans next week hoping to make a complete turnaround from 5-11, 5-11, 5-11 and finish 11-5.

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