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Talk is cheap Now you really didn't think a Giants/Cowboys game would come and go without some woofing back and forth, did you?

For the record, it certainly didn't come from head coach Tom Coughlin, who answered only two questions after the game before swiftly stepping down from the podium.

We're still not exactly sure what Patrick Crayton was talking about but after the game he accused the Giants of talking too much during the week leading up to the big showdown.

"I think they tried to talk themselves into the game," said Crayton, who embarrassed Kevin Dockery and Aaron Ross on 20-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter. "They've been talking all week. I think when you are kind of scared of another team like that I think you kind of have to talk yourself up to really give yourself a chance. It started with Brandon Jacobs and it kind of trickled a little bit to some other players. I don't know why he was talking. He had a good rushing game but in the end they lost."

An angry Jacobs shot back when told that Crayton said the Giants weren't on the Cowboys' level.

"No, that's not a fair assessment," Jacobs said. "It's unfair for him to say that. Because he sucks, first of all. So it's unfair for him to say that."

Plaxico Burress took a little more of the high road.

"This is the NFL," he said. "If you need bulletin-board material like that to get you fired up…We are all professionals. If that helps them to win games, kudos to them."

Indeed, after dismantling the Giants like they did, Crayton and the Cowboys had every right in the world to say anything they liked.

Playoff picture

While the Giants can forget about winning the NFC East at this point, they're still in very good shape to make the playoffs. As a matter of fact Sunday's matchup with the equally 6-3 Lions is a huge one. The winner of that game will cement themselves as the leader for the first wild card position. Only the 5-4 Redskins are a legitimate threat at this point. The Giants and Lions actually have better records than two of the four division leaders at this point. Tampa Bay is on top of the NFC South with a 5-4 mark, while NFC West leader Seattle took a 4-4 mark into its Monday night matchup with San Francisco.

So, as bad as things looked for Big Blue right after the 31-20 spanking, a second look shows that they're sitting just fine.

"It's really a playoff going into the playoffs," Antonio Pierce said. Shocking development

Tight end Jeremy Shockey caught a career-high 12 passes and tied a career-best with 129 yards. He also scored a touchdown.

Shockey's previous best single-game total was 11 receptions, which he had twice: Nov. 17, 2002 vs. Washington and Oct. 5, 2003 vs. Miami. He gained 129 yards (on just five catches) at Dallas on Oct. 16, 2005. It was the eighth 100-yard game of Shockey's career.

Shockey increased his career yardage total to 4,096 yards. He is the 12th player in Giants history with 4,000 receiving yards.

Shockey's touchdown catch was the 27th of his career. That tied him with Earnest Gray, Chris Calloway and Ike Hilliard for ninth place on the franchise's career list. Shockey has a touchdown reception in six of his last eight games against Dallas.

"We lost the game, that's all I can really say," Shockey said. "Not to take anything away from Dallas. They played a good game. They have a great team. Hopefully, we can get on a roll again like we did the first half of the season."


The Giants' only second-half points came on Lawrence Tynes' 26-yard field goal. It was the second game in a row in which the Giants did not score a second-half touchdown. They were shut out in the second half of their 13-10 victory over Miami in London two weeks ago.

This is the first time the Giants failed to score touchdowns in consecutive second halves since they went four games in row without a touchdown in the third and fourth quarters from Nov. 30-Dec. 21, 2003.


"We didn't execute in the second half like we are capable of, or like we should have. They didn't do anything different; it was just a matter of execution. It's on us as players to execute. That's what we are supposed to do. Obviously the penalties speak for themselves. We had a couple of big plays called back because of penalties. Against mediocre teams you will be able to overcome that, but not against teams like these guys." – Giants C Shaun O'Hara

"You can't do those things like that and expect to win. You beat yourself. We had opportunities to take advantage of and opportunities to get off the field and we didn't take advantage of those things." – Giants DE Michael Strahan

"I honestly thought this was a team we could have beat coming in and 17-17 going out into the third quarter. We just had some penalties and had a couple setbacks, a couple touchdowns called back and things like that hurt in a game like this. Dallas has an explosive offense and you want to try and keep them off of the field as much as possible and we scored two touchdowns that got called back and that hurt us a little bit." – Giants WR Plaxico Burress

Extra points

Dallas swept the season series for the first time since 2003 and leads the all-time regular season series, 54-35-2…

The Cowboys scored 76 points in the two games (including 45 on opening night in Dallas), the most they've ever scored in a two-game season series with the Giants. They scored 69 points against the Giants in both 1965 and 1966…

The Giants fell to 4-15 in games following a regular-season bye.

How the mighty have fallen

Poor Corey Webster. The former second-round pick went from opening day starter to healthy inactive in just half a season. Webster didn't dress for the first time this season. New York's other inactives included a pair of injured players, WR Steve Smith and RB Derrick Ward, as well as the usual suspects – OT Adam Koets, DE Dave Tollefson, DT Manny Wright, G Kevin Boothe and third QB Jared Lorenzen.

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