Dallas Tuesday Tidbits
--QB Quincy Carter started slow but finished strong Monday, driving the bus well enough for the Cowboys to win the game and passing for a career high 321 yards. Coach Bill Parcells was impressed with Carter's resiliency after Giants cornerback Ralph Brown returned an interception 29 yards to paydirt in the first quarter. Carter didn't commit another turnover and made a number for smart plays by throwing the ball away or scrambling to avoid bad plays, which keyed the Cowboys victory as much as his ability to drive the team down the field at the end of the game and over time for the game winning scores.
--PR Billy Cundiff kicked an NFL record seven field goals one week after seemingly being on the chopping block with a missed field goal and a missed extra point. The big kicks were a career-long 52-yarder to tie the game at the end of regulation and a 25-yard game winner in overtime. "I just breathed, relaxed and kicked the ball," Cundiff said. "I felt I did my job. I am here to make field goals. I came through for my team when they needed me."
-- RB Troy Hambrick didn't have great numbers on the ground but was effective enough to stay with it, which proved to be a difference in overtime Monday. Hambrick rushed 23 times for 60 yards.
--DT Willie Blade's return from a knee injury made a big difference in the run defense against the Giants and Tiki Barber who tallied just 41 yards on 5 carries.
--WR Joey Galloway was the big performer last week. This week it was Terry Glenn and third-receiver Antonio Bryant who had big efforts. The bottom line is the Cowboys are uncheckable as a group. Glenn had eight catches for 113 yards. Galloway had five catches for 98 yards and Galloway had three for 43 yards.
--DE Greg Ellis and DE Ebenezer Ekuban had big games against a banged up Giants line that started three rookies. The two combined for two sacks. Ellis also had a forced fumble and a pressure that resulted an interception.
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