8:00 pm (ESPN) - Giants at Cowboys
The New York
Giants are the NFC East champions.
Giants win with a come-from-behind 17-13
victory over the Cowboys.
Giants became the first team to clinch a
division title this season.
Giants held the Cowboys to just 75 total yards rushing.
sacked Anthony Wright five times, all in the second
Head coach Jim Fassel has led the Giants to be division
champs for the 2nd time in his 4 year carrer.
Giants win the Division Gamegirl.
isn't it great!. They gave Dallas hope and us fans
a lot of worries in the first half. It seemed like
the refs were against us. They weren't exactly making
bad calls, but it was like all the Giants players
were under a ref microscope. Other things weren't
working out, like the Giants moved downfield pretty
good on the opening drive, only to have Daluiso's
kick get blocked after making 12 straight. Then
you knew you were in a Dallas - Giants war for sure,
when the Cowboys took over and scored 7 on their
first drive, using their brand-new quarterback.
drove the Cowboys 65 yards in 8 plays giving the
Cowboys a 7-0 lead.
"But then things changed. It's not often the
Giants can spot a team 13 points and then come back
and win. One thing's for sure, now's the time to
learn how to do those kind of things that are expected
of a playoff team, and thank God for Tiki Barber.
When in doubt, get the ball to Tiki, and now it
looks like he has a real shot at getting a thousand
yards for the season."
needs only 62 yards. Emmitt Smith is going to have
a lot tougher time.
"Emmitt Smith is really an amazing player.
He came out and ran for 15 yards on his first carry.
I thought he was going to tear up the Giants the
way he did last week, when he carried Dallas on
his back that whole game against the Redskins. Luckily,
the Giants settled down and were able to control
him, and he wasn't able to do it against Giants
defense They really dug in, and the offense came
up with the points. Now I'll have to shell out for
playoff tickets, but that's just fine with me."
How did you like Jason Sehorn introducing the players?
was great. I make no secret that I love the way
he looks, and he was dressed up real nice for it
too. I would have missed it if this was a home game.
If they make it a permanent segment, I'll tape it
every week! "
was some game all in all.
"You call that a game? It was a riot.
The refs almost needed to call squad cars onto the
field the way it was going, and it's a good thing
the Giants kept their cool, although they had their
moments. It would have been a shame to blow this
game. Just look where things stand now. The Giants
are Division Champs. They've shown they can come
from behind in a game and win, and all is right
with the universe. "
was the first time this season the Giants trailed
at halftime and won.
but it's about time the Giants step up and show
they can do it, don't you think? Of course Kerry
Collins is the key player in all this. He is recognized
as the leader on the field, and when he's jumpy,
things don't work. For someone who has 'been there
before', I'd say he needs to show a little more
composure. Dallas quarterback Anthony Wright looked
calmer in his first start than Collins did. Maybe
Wright just didn't know to be afraid of the Giants,
but he found out later in the game. Collins on the
other hand has barely been sacked this whole season.
Relax Kerry, you can do it."
Collins threw one to Howard Cross.
"Yeah, on the second pass of the opening drive,
and it was on a 3rd and 8 play. Cross picked up
9 yards. What's the deal with that? Does it confuse
the defense? Does it somehow keep them honest that
they throw to Cross once a game here and there?
My point is that if it works to throw to Cross,
do it more. It's funny, but you realize that Howard
Cross came away from the game with better receiving
stats than Ike Hilliard (1-7), and Greg Comella
"Since Minnesota lost to Green Bay, the Giants
can wrap up the top overall NFC playoff seed, and
home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, if
they win this Saturday against Jacksonville. Even
if the Vikings beat the Colts on Sunday, the Giants
will win out based on their 9-3 record in NFC games,
since the Vikings are 8-4 in NFC games.
On the other hand, the Giants can lose to the Jaguars
and still be the No. 1 seed if:
The Rams lose to the Buccaneers on MNF, and then
the Rams beat the Saints on Sunday, and the Vikings
lose to the Colts. The Giants and Vikings both would
be 11-5, but the Giants would win on the conference
record tiebreaker. "
Giants - Kerry Collins 12-26 for 140 yards, 1 TD,
Cowboys - Anthony Wright 13-25 for 119 yards, 1
Giants - Tiki Barber 20-80, Ron Dayne 8-19, Ron
Dixon 1-1, Kerry Collins 2--1.
Cowboys - Emmitt Smith 24-46, Anthony Wright 4-26,
Robert Thomas 1-3, Michael Wiley 1-0.
Giants - Amani Toomer 3-58, Tiki Barber 4-47, Pete
Mitchell 2-12, Howard Cross 1-9, Ike Hilliard 1-7,
Greg Comella 1-7.
- James McKnight 2-45, Jackie Harris 3-28, Wane
McGarity 2-17, Michael Wiley 4-14, Jason Tucker
1-13, Robert Thomas 1-2.
Giants - Emmanuel McDaniel 1 for 4
Cowboys - Phillippi Sparks 1 for 0.
Giants - Ron Dixon 4 for 91.
Cowboys - Jason Tucker 4 for 61.
Giants - Tiki Barber 2 for 35.
Cowboys - Wane McGarity 1 for 5.
Giants - Brad Daluiso 45, 40.
Giants - Jessie Armstead 1, Jack Golden 1.
Giants - Michael Barrow 10-1-0, Jessie Armstead
6-0-1, Michael Strahan 5-1-2.5, Keith Hamilton 4-1-1.5,
Sam Garnes 4-0-0, Ryan Phillips 2-2-0, Dave Thomas
3-0-0, Cedric Jones 2-0-0, Shaun Williams 2-0-0,
Cornelius Griffin 2-0-0, Emmanuel Mcdaniel 2-0-0,
Christian Peter 1-0-0, Jason Sehorn 1-0-0.
Cowboys - Darren
Hambrick 6-1-0, Phillippi Sparks 6-1-0, Dexter Coakley
6-0-0, Dat Nguyen 3-2-0, Michael Myers 1-2-0, Ebenezer
Ekuban 2-0-1, Greg Myers 2-0-0, Barron Wortham 2-0-0,
Brandon Noble 1-1-0, Izell Reese 1-1-0, Alonzo Spellman
1-1-0, Ryan Mcneil 1-1-0, Dimitrius Underwood 0-2-0,
Kareem Larrimore 0-2-0, Greg Ellis 1-0-0, Joe Bowden
Giants - 99
Cowboys - 75
Cowboys - 71
Time of Possession
Cowboys - 31:24
DAL - Emmitt Smith 1 Yard TD Run (Tim Seder
Extra Point), 4:20. Dallas 7-0.
DAL - Tim Seder 47 Yard Field Goal,
12:37. Dallas 10-0
DAL - Tim Seder 43 Yard Field Goal, 2:16.
NYG - Amani Toomer 33 Yard TD Pass from Kerry
Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 2:29. Dallas
NYG - Tiki Barber 13 Yard TD Run (Brad Daluiso
Extra Point), 8:15.
N.Y. Giants 14-13 NYG - Brad Daluiso 44 Yard Field
Goal, 1:49. N.Y. Giants 17-13.
can clinch the NFC's top seed with a victory Saturday
at home against Jacksonville.
had four personal fouls, three for unnecessary roughness
and one for unsportsmanlike conduct, all in the
Emmitt Smith, coming off his best game in two years,
was held to just 46 yards on 24 carries. Emmitt
had 29 yards on his first 8 tries, before the Giants
adjusted to stop him.
Smith needs 123 yards rushing to tie Barry Sanders
for 2nd on the career list. .
went 7-1 against the NFC East and were 7-1 on the
road. That ties the team record for road wins, set
when the 1930 squad went 7-2.
place-kickers, Jaret Holmes and Brad Daluiso, were
active for the first time this season. Holmes handled
all the kickoffs and Daluiso kicked the PATs and
Barber became the Giants single-season all-purpose
yards leader. He now has 1,967 yards on the season,
topping the previous mark of 1,807 set by David
Meggett in 1989.
23, Jacksonville at Giants, 12PM (CBS)