15, 1:00 pm (Fox) - Dallas at Giants
Sehorn had an interception,
but suffered a broken rib.
Giants snagged a total of 5 Interceptions off Troy
Ron Dayne had his first 100 yard plus game.
Giants held the Cowboys to 76 yards rushing.
Giants at 5-2, are tied for first in the NFC East
Giants take it down to the wire and come away with
that's right, but why do the Giants do this to me?
They get five interceptions, and rack up all kinds
of yards on the ground, I think maybe the most they've
run for all year, mostly stop the other team cold
on the ground, and still you have to wait until
the last second of the game to see if they're going
to actually win the game or not.
I know a lot of people say that the Giants have
an old fan base, I can't see how that's true, because
they should all have suffered heart attacks by now
from watching this team play. It's always up and
down with the Giants. They start off the game by
taking an interception off of Troy Aikman. You feel
great, but then in the next minute the Giants lose
a challenge, get stopped on their drive, and you
find that Sehorn got hurt catching that interception,
and is out for the rest of the game. You feel bad.
Next on the Cowboys drive, they go for it on fourth
down, and the Giants intercept Aikman again. Great!
Then the Giants go nowhere and even bobble the ball
on the punt and it gets blocked. You feel bad, with
the Cowboys moving the ball until Aikman throws
yet another interception. Wow! You get my drift.
Who can take this?"
is football Gamegirl, especially with the Giants.
know, but is it too much to ask to feel a little
bit more comfortable and relaxed with maybe a solid
lead for a game or two? Can't I leave my stadium
seat just a few minutes early for once, or leave
the stadium after a win without the feeling that
we still nearly lost the game? We have some tough
competition coming up, and this stuff won't fly.
We have to come away with more than just field goals
when we're sitting with 1st and goal, and that happened
twice to us today."
well that ends well.
can believe that if you want, but you won't win
many games for very long or get into the playoffs
thinking that way. By the way, do you realize that
the Giants have been in first place all season long
so far? How come it doesn't feel like it?
surprises in this game?
mean aside from the 5 interceptions and the fact
that we're a first place team despite the way we
play? Yes, Fassel had the guts to bench Amani Toomer.
I know they won't call it that, but Toomer sat it
out with Joe Jurevicius taking his place. I could
be wrong, but when I was watching it seemed like
he wasn't really into the game when the ball wasn't
coming his way, and how many more passes do we have
to see bounce off his chest? If you remember, Fassel
benched Joe Jurevicius for awhile last season, and
he got the message and came back stronger. Also,
I don't know if you could tell on TV, but I was
surprised to see Ron Dayne look so winded on the
sidelines after some of his runs. He's the one who's
supposed to wear down the opposition over the course
of a game right? In any event, it was great to see
him have a big day."
interceptions and a win.
big ones, and the Giants barely come away with a
win. Isn't that what you really mean? Rushing for
203 yards and barely coming away with a win. Holding
the Cowboys to 76 yards on the ground, and still
nearly losing the game on the last play when Aikman's
pass bounced off Jessie Armstead, through Damon
Hodge and down to the ground. Aikman really had
a bad game today, and Randall Cunningham must wonder
what it takes to get into a football game. I was
really surprised when he didn't take the field in
the second half. I guess what the owner of the team
says, goes, as long as Aikman is healthy, he wants
him in there. Aikman had thrown four interceptions
only once in his career, and topped that when Barrow
made it five."
about Ron Dayne?
finally decided to feed him the ball. He had a nice
32 yard run, his longest to date, and it came at
the right time, when the Giants were on their 9
yard line in the second quarter. He also broke 100
yards for the first time. It was a good day for
Ron, and let's not ruin his day by remembering that
it came against the NFL's lowest ranked run defense."
"It was a bad day for Amani Toomer. He had
a false-start penalty in the second quarter, which
usually isn't a penalty a WR should make, although
Ike Hilliard had one also on the play right before
that. It could have shown a lack of attention, and
maybe that's why he ended up sitting the rest of
the game out, replaced by Joe Jurevicius. I know
he had that toe injury last week, and it's not much
fun to run all those routes for nothing when the
Giants are trying to establish a running game, but
that's the job. It will be interesting to see if
Fassel starts Jurevicius ahead of Toomer when the
Giants face the Eagles in two weeks."
"Special teams were also at their worst today.
Punter Don Maynard bobbled the snap, and the kick
was blocked. Brad Daluiso gave the Cowboys every
opportunity to run the ball back, and remember,
the coverage allowed that 90 yard return, and all
the other good returns by Jason Tucker. He totaled
4 returns for 180 yards.
Overall the Giants had a bunch of stupid penalties,
including the late hit that Hamilton put on Aikman
with 11 seconds left."
Offensive line was good. They opened holes for the
running game, and Collins had plenty of time to
throw. Overall though, the Giants have to do better.
In the second half they had drives on which they
had first-and-goal at the 2 and first-and-goal at
the 10, and yet settled for field goals both times.
They have to improve in the Red zone.
The Giants also have to improve their third-down
numbers. They were 1 for 12 last week, and 3 for
13 in this game.
Cornelius Griffin and Jason Sehorn are concerns.
Griffin wasn't in this game, but they need him.
He sustained a concussion when he banged helmets
with Christian Peter in Week 6 against the Atlanta
Falcons, and said he felt woozy when he arrived
at Giants Stadium.
Sehorn has been solid all year, and now will probably
be out for 4 weeks with that rib injury. This is
going to hurt the Giants bigtime, but the time frame
puts him in the game against the pass crazy Rams.
They thought it was his collarbone at first, and
that would have been even worse.
Nobody talks about Greg Comella too much, but he
does a great job blocking and caught 2 passes for
19 yards. That gives him 19 on the year for 158
yards and an 8.3 average.
Fassel should give up on using the replay system,
although I suspect he would have burned a time out
anyway in the second half as they prepared to go
for it on 4th and one. If you remember, Kerry Collins
hit Pete Mitchell on the play-action pass for a
touchdown right after the failed challenge.
about Phillippi Sparks?
"Although a lot of fans don't like Sparks
simply because he's wearing a Cowboy uniform now,
it doesn't mean that he's a bad player, and he played
a good game. I remember that he broke up a pass
to Toomer on a third and three and that killed the
drive that Dayne had started with his 32 yard run.
Hilliard got by Sparks once and came away with a
22 yard gain."
on injuries: CB Jason Sehorn (broken rib)
will be out an undetermined amount of time after
being injured on the first play of the game; DT
Cornelius Griffin (concussion) was inactive because
he was woozy yesterday after practicing all week;
CB Reggie Stephens (sprained ankle) left the game
in the fourth quarter.
Giants - Kerry Collins 14-25 for 119 yards, 0 INT.
Cowboys - Troy Aikman 22-42 for 211 yards, 5 INT.
Giants - Ron Dayne 21-108, Tiki Barber 9-73, Kerry
Cowboys - Emmitt Smith 19-61, Troy Aikman 2-7, Chris
Warren 5-4, Robert Thomas 1-4.
Giants - Ike Hilliard 3-42, Joe Jurevicius 4-25,
Greg Comella 2-19, Amani Toomer 2-17, Tiki Barber
2-15, Pete Mitchell 1-1.
- Chris Warren 6-62, Damon Hodge 3-52, Jason Tucker
2-26, Robert Thomas 5-24, David LaFleur 1-19, Raghib
Ismail 2-14, Emmitt Smith 2-10, Jackie Harris 1-4.
Giants - Micheal Barrow 1 for 7, Dave Thomas
1 for -3, Jason Sehorn 1 for 0, Shaun Williams 1
for 12, Reggie Stephens 1 for 0.
Giants - Ron Dixon 2 for 38.
Cowboys - Jason Tucker 4 for 180, Chris Akins 1
Giants - Tiki Barber 3 for 46.
Cowboys - Wane McGarity 3 for 25.
Giants - 203
Cowboys - 76
Cowboys - 193
Time of Possession
Cowboys - 30:31
Giants - Michael Barrow 8-4-0, Jessie Armstead 5-3-0,
Dave Thomas 7-0-0, Michael Strahan 5-2-0, Shaun
Williams 4-2-0, Christian Peter 4-1-0, Keith Hamilton
3-2-0, Cedric Jones 3-2-1, Ryan Phillips 3-2-0,
Emmanuel Mcdaniel 3-1-1, Sam Garnes 2-1-0, Ramos
Cowboys - Dexter Coakley 7-2-0, Dat Nguyen 7-0-0,
Phillippi Sparks 6-1-0, Darren Woodson 6-1-0, Darren
Hambrick 3-3-1, George Teague 5-0-0, Chad Hennings
1-4-0, Leon Lett 3-0-1, Ryan Mcneil 3-0-0, Greg
Ellis 1-2-0, Alonzo Spellman 1-0-0, Brandon Noble
1-0-0, Barron Wortham 1-0-0, Michael Myers 0-1-0,
Joe Bowden 0-1-0.
NYG - Pete Mitchell 1 Yard TD Pass
from Kerry Collins (Brad Daluiso Extra Point), 6:42.
N.Y. Giants 7-0
NYG - Brad Daluiso 24 Yard Field Goal, 11:09.
N.Y. Giants 10-0
DAL - Robert Thomas 1 Yard TD Pass from Troy
Aikman (Tim Seder Extra Point), 10:02. N.Y. Giants
NYG - Brad Daluiso 20 Yard Field Goal, 6:13.
N.Y. Giants 13-7
DAL - Emmitt Smith 3 Yard TD Run (Tim Seder
Extra Point), 1:19. Dallas 14-13
NYG - Ron Dayne 3 Yard TD Run (Tiki Barber
Run Failed), 10:00. N.Y. Giants 19-14
Troy Aikman tied a team record with 5 interceptions.
other Cowboy quarterbacks who have thrown 5 interceptions
are Steve Pelluer, Danny White, and Eddie Lebaron.
time the Giants were 5-2 was in 1993 with Dan Reeves.
time the Giants had 5 INTs in a game was in 1996
against the Lions.
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