Stat worth noting: The Cowboys had 25 first downs to only 11 for the Giants. Dallas moved the sticks more times through the air (16) than the Giants did all game long.
Stat worth noting II: It's tough to score when you don't have the ball. Big Blue had only 23:01 in time of possession, while Dallas played keep-away from Eli Manning and Co. with 40:46 time of possession, including all 3:47 of overtime.
Turning point: With the Giants trailing 7-6 early in the third period, they had moved the ball all the way to the Dallas 13-yard line. On third-and-six, Manning badly missed Plaxico Burress and had the ball picked off by Dallas DB Anthony Henry at the 1-yard line. Henry returned it 43 yards, giving the Cowboys much-needed breathing room.
Play to remember: The Cowboys looked like they were headed for a big play when Drew Bledsoe connected with Keyshawn Johnson for a 26-yard gain. However, Gibril Wilson stripped Johnson and Nick Greisen, who's always around the ball, picked it up and returned it 28 yards to the Cowboys 32-yard line. Six plays later, Jay Feely's field goal gave New York a 6-0 lead. It looked the Giants might have gotten a break because replays showed that Johnson may not have ever had possession of the ball.
Play to forget: On Dallas' third play of overtime, Drew Bledsoe connected with a wide-open Jason Witten for a 26-yard gain. That moved the ball all the way to the New York 28-yard line. Six plays later, Jose Cortez's field goal ended it.
By the numbers
0: Number of road games that Eli Manning has won out of five tries.
4: The number of turnovers the Giants had through the first four games; also the number of turnovers the Giants had in Dallas.
10: Number of tackles each for Nick Greisen and Gibril Wilson, both who played outstanding defensive games.
56: Minutes it took until the Giants converted a third down.
What they said
"It's always tough to lose, even if it's close. There were costly mistakes at costly times. Offense. Defense. Special teams. It gives you a lot to learn from." – Giants linebacker Antonio Pierce
"This NFC East isn't a joke anymore." – Dallas tight end and former Giant Dan Campbell
What went right
The Giants defense was back to its turnover forcing ways. Tim Lewis's D did a great job, forcing four turnovers. However, the three fumble recoveries and interception obviously weren't enough.
The defense, which had to be winded on an 76-degree afternoon, hung in there tough and played well. While no one on defense would admit it, that had to have something to do with allowing the Cowboys to effortlessly move down the field in overtime.
Jay Feely continues to be automatic. He calmly drilled FGs of 50 and 45 yards and was the Giants entire offensive output until the very end of the game.
While the Giants struggled mightily on third down, they did convert their only fourth-down opportunity of the game, when Manning connected with Shockey on a fourth-and-10 to keep their last-second scoring drive alive.
What went wrong
The Giants called ‘heads' on the coin flip to start overtime. The Cowboys took the ball to start OT and never gave it up.
The Giants couldn't convert a third down to save their lives. Time and again, they were called on to move the sticks and they continually failed. It wasn't until there were less than four minutes left in the game that they successfully converted their only third down.
On the flip side, Dallas had seemingly no problems at all moving the sticks on third down. Repeatedly, the Giants needed to come up with the big stop and they could never do it. All told, the Cowboys converted nine-of-16 times on third down.
New York could never get any offensive rhythm going, repeatedly giving the ball up at key junctures.
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