The Giants' next two games -- against Denver and Washington -- are both at home. Denver is a team not quite as known to the Giants as either the Cowboys or the Redskins, and the Broncos have been one of the season's big surprises.
Only one of the Giants' losses came within the confines of the NFC --
the defeat in Dallas -- and as tight end Jeremy Shockey put it: "It's
early in the season, we have just barely gotten past the first phase,
and I liked the way we fought back."
Young quarterback Eli Manning will be tested again when the Broncos
come to town by a solidly constructed defense and a ball-hawking
cornerback in Champ Bailey.
"I have never played against them, so that will make it a little
harder," Manning said. "But the bottom line is that you have to beat
your next opponent, and it just so happens that our next opponent is
The Giants came from behind to tie the game at Dallas with Eli
Manning finding Jeremy Shockey on a shallow cross pattern good for 24
yards and a touchdown with just 19 seconds left in regulation.
But the Cowboys won the toss to start overtime and drove from their
23 to the Giants 26 before Jose Cortez ended the game with a 45-yard FG.
The kick gave the Cowboys a 16-13 win.
The Giants managed to produce four takeaways -- they intercepted a
pass and recovered three Dallas fumbles -- but all that accomplished was
two field goals for Jay Feely until the last-second touchdown.
"We didn't make the plays when we had to," coach Tom Coughlin said.
"It was a reasonably well-played game, but we didn't put together enough
drives, and we sure didn't take advantage of our opportunities created
by the turnovers."
--QB Eli Manning had one of his lesser games, succumbing to clever
and relentless defense by the Cowboys. He completed 14 of 30 passes for
215 yards. He threw one TD and one interception (only his third pick of
--MLB Antonio Pierce had six tackles in Dallas and was active from
one sideline to the other, but in the end, he said, the Giants fell to
bad timing. "We made costly mistakes at costly times," he said. "It gave
us a lot to learn from."
--TE Jeremy Shockey led the team with five catches for 129 yards and
one TD in Dallas, but he was far from satisfied. "It was a shallow
crossing pattern underneath their defense," he said of his score. "We
designed it and put it in during the week, but we should have played a
lot better the rest of the game. There was no need to make it that
close. It was a game we should have won."
--LCB Will Allen struck again -- he let a pass from Dallas' Drew Bledsoe slip through his arms so that WR Keyshawn Johnson was able to
catch it. Allen had just two tackles and didn't defend a single pass. It
is likely that he will be replaced sooner rather than later by
second-round rookie pick Corey Webster.
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