Giants Overpower Cowboys 41-35

Once Eli Manning got over his early-game interception problems, the Giants rolled up nearly 500 yards of offense. Only the defense taking the fourth quarter off made the score respectable. Otherwise, a total rout.

The Giants came out of Dallas with a 41-35 victory over the Cowboys and sit atop the NFC East alone at 5-2.

But oh, how they accomplished that victory. Not only did they survive their five turnovers and a Dallas onslaught in the fourth quarter, but they racked up 498 yards of total offense. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 126 yards, his third 100-yard effort in the last four games, and receivers Hakeem Nicks and Steve Smith both went over 100 yards in Eli Manning's 25-of-35, 306-yard passing game that included four touchdown passes and three interceptions.

Here's a look at some of the good and some of the bad in a very, very busy game.


Hakeem Nicks: He missed two practices and only took limited practice Saturday, but his hamstring was hardly a problem. He atoned for missing a catchable high pass that was intercepted with his catch-and-run late in the first quarter, shaking Terence Newman to get in position to take Eli Manning's 7-yard throw to the end zone for his seventh touchdown of the season. No. 8 came later in the half when Nicks got frontal position on CB Orlando Scandrick on an 8-yard throw.

Lawrence Tynes: Can't fault this guy on his first game back after a sprained ankle. He had a 43-yard field goal taken off the board because of Chase Blackburn's holding call, and came right back with a career-long 53-yarder straight down the middle. He was also putting kickoffs into the end zone with consistency.

Ahmad Bradshaw: Eleven carries for 70 yards in the first half, including a 22-yarder that set up Manning's go-ahead throw to Steve Smith in the second quarter. This kid bounces all over the place, and he didn't stop in the second half as he powered his way up the middle to set up Tynes' second and final field goal.

Giants Defense: After watching them knock out their fourth starting quarterback of the season on Michael Boley's clavicle-busting hit on Tony Romo, it would be no exaggeration to call this one of, if not THE, most intimidating units in the NFL. They were all over Romo and replacement Jon Kitna, who never had a chance until the defense took the fourth quarter off. Still, they held the Cowboys to 254 yards of total offense.


Manning: Sure, Nicks should have had that second tipped interception in the first quarter, but the first one off Steve Smith's hands and into Newman's pouch was all Manning's fault. He was way high on his passes, and it cost him in terms of a touchdown and a field goal the first two times Dallas touched the ball. Those interceptions came before he even completed his first pass. He's got 10 picks on the season now, six off balls deflected by his own targets.

Boley: The weakside linebacker took one look at Jason Witten after the first interception and let him go, allowing Tony Romo to hit him with a 4-yard touchdown pass. He did know the tight end's a real, good pass-catcher, right?

Turnovers: It wasn't just Manning. Brandon Jacobs also fumbled in the first half to make it three turnovers in the first 18 minutes.

Punt Coverage: Somebody must have blown lane integrity because as soon as Dez Bryant got the 20 on his second-quarter, 88-yard punt return, he was all alone to the end zone. Matt Dodge, the last man, never had a shot at him. Tom Quinn has had problems besides Dodge's mechanics, and it all came out on the third-longest punt return in Dallas history. 

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