The New York Giants woke up on Monday morning insole possession of first place in the NFC East.
Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was all smiles and happy to speak about his G-Men’s impressive win against their NFC East division rivals the Dallas Cowboys.
“We won the game, we’re excited about winning the game,” Coughlin said on his Giants fourth win of the season. “I thought the major contributions of all three phases was obviously huge in the game. We’re happy to win.”
Throughout the game, Coughlin felt that the Giants got huge sparks from different players, that help give the Giants much needed momentum to get the win.
The first spark came from, surprisingly, running back Orleans Darkwa.
It was Darkwa 41 yards rushing and a touchdown on the Giants offense first scoring drive, that got the Big Blue offense going.
Coming into the game, Darkwa hadn’t had a rushing attempt yet this season, and was only seeing playing time on special teams.
“He had an outstanding preseason and the coaches felt strongly that he should be given an opportunity,” Coughlin said on giving Darkwa a chance to play a role in the Giants rushing attack against the Cowboys. “It wasn’t right away in the game, but eventually he played and he played well.”
Darkwa and the entire running game for the Giants, basically their offense vs Dallas. Quarterback Eli Manning only threw for 170 yards and completed a season low 13 passes.
Manning was only sacked twice showing the offensive did a better job protecting him from the Philadelphia Eagles in the game and, most importantly, the Giants didn’t commit any turnovers in the game on offense.
All those things were why Coughlin was pleased on the performance of the Big Blue offense.
“Eli managed the game very well, he made a number of adjustment calls at the line of scrimmage, noted Coughlin. "He made a couple of key throws at key times and did an outstanding job taking care of the football,” Coughlin said on Manning’s performance despite not having a big game passing. “We knew the type of rush we were going to get from (Dallas), and the offensive line did a good job of that.”
The next giant spark for Big Blue came on defense when cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, got his first interception of the game that he returned it back to the house for a touchdown.
That pick six, gave the Giants back the lead early in the 2nd half and put them in the driver seat the rest of the game.
Last spark of the game for Giants in the eyes of Coughlin, was Dwayne Harris’ 100 yard kickoff return for a touchdown, which turned out to be the game winning score.
“I considered it a good moment for our team,” Coughlin stated on Harris’s kickoff return for a touchdown. “When he came screaming out of there, we had an entire sideline of people who were not only inspired by it, but they were extremely happy and not worried about showing our joy. We were excited about that.”
It was overall a team win for the Giants. Big Blue made plays in all three phases of the game, and that’s why they were able to come out with win against Dallas.