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Nov 4, 1:00 pm (FOX) - Dallas at Giants
Game 8
  1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Final
Dallas 10 14 0 0 0 24
Giants 0 7 7 10 3 27
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The Giants came from behind to win it.
Collins had 2 INTs returned for touchdowns in the first half.
Dallas quarterback Clint Stoerner was intercepted 4 times in the second half.
Thabiti Davis blocked and recovered a Dallas punt, and had 1 INT
Will Peterson, Jason Sehorn, and Brandon Short also came up with INTs

It was a beautiful day for a football game.
"Until you took your seat and actually started watching the Giants play. They couldn't do anything right in that first half. The offense started with a three and out, and then the Cowboys drove and got a field goal. Then Collins gets hit on one play and loses the ball on the next, so the Cowboys get it on our 15. Everyone around me starts to boo, and I'm starting to wonder why Kerry trusts the protection so much when he's getting hit all the time. He doesn't check his surroundings at all, just looks downfield to pass and gets popped. The defense stops them for a one yard loss on the ground, and you figure maybe we'll hold them and be down only 6-0 when they go for the field goal, but then Stoerner, with all the time in the world, puts it in the endzone and we're down 10-0 in the first quarter."

The second quarter was no better.
It was even worse. As soon as it starts, Kerry throws an interception that gets returned for a touchdown and now we're down 17-0. Collins is getting sacked, and he fumbles the ball, but our guys get it. Finally you think our luck is changing when the Cowboys miss on a field goal, Collins hits Amani Toomer for 48 yards, and follows it up with a touchdown pass to Jurevicius. Before long though, Collins gets intercepted and it gets returned for 70 yards for a touchdown, and we're down 24-7. We lost some people in my section at that point. The Giants aren't too good at making big comebacks, and the last game of the World Series is on tonight."

They should have stayed.
"I'm sure glad I did! The real Giants took the field in the second half. The defense came up with four interceptions, and held the Cowboys scoreless. Meanwhile, the offense scored the 17 points they needed to tie it, and then 3 more to win it all in OT. It was a great finish and I'm glad I saw it. Gooo Giants!"

Anything else?
"It was great to see Frank Ferrara in that game. He made his presence known right away, plays all out, and I'd like to see more."

How do you analyze this one Mikefan?
"You don't. They played lousy and then they played good. I'd leave it at that."

We need more.
"OK, we'll assume that the first half of this game was a continuation of how badly the Giants played the week before against Washington. It's all out of their systems now as we've seen in the second half today. Rodney Williams had a good game today and looks to be back on track. The special teams unit even came up with a blocked punt.
The Giants will try to continue their average of 4 interceptions a half when they play Arizona next week. They need to nail that game, because the one after that will be against the Vikings at Minnesota. You know those players and their fans are looking to put it to the Giants after what happened to them in that playoff game last year. The Giants better be hitting on all fours when they head over there."

Punter Rodney Williams broke his right wrist in the third quarter.
"Williams was hurt pushing Cowboys returner Reggie Swinton out of bounds after a 28-yard return. He was still able to punt. If he couldn't continue, Joe Jurevicius would have punted for him."

Early Stats

Giants - Kerry Collins 24-34 for 280 yards, 2 INT, 3 TD.
Dal - Clint Stoerner 13-23 for 177 yards, 4 INT, 1 TD, Ryan Leaf 4-8 for 85 yards, 0 INT, 0 TD.

Giants - Ron Dayne 17-52, Tiki Barber 7-30, Kerry Collins 2-11.
Dal - Troy Hambrick 30-77, Michael Wiley 1-5, Clint Stoerner 1-4.

Giants - Tiki Barber 8-60, Ike Hilliard 7-63, Amani Toomer 3-69, Joe Jurevicius 3-50, Ron Dayne 2-30, Greg Comella 1-8.
Dal - Raghib Ismail 6-107, Joey Galloway 4-73, Jackie Harris 2-49, Mike Lucky 2-18, Michael Wiley 1-9, Johnny Huggins 1-5, Troy Hambrick 1-1.

Net yards rushing
Giants - 93
Dal - 86

Net yards passing
Giants - 265
Dal - 238

Dal - Dexter Coakley 1- 29, ret for TD, Mario Edwards 1-71, ret for TD
Giants - Will Peterson 1-0, Jason Sehorn 1-0, Dhani Jones 1-21, Brandon Short,

Kick-off Returns
Giants - Ron Dixon (4-83) Damon Washington (1-2)
Dal - Reggie Swinton (6-131)

Punt Returns
Giants - Tiki Barber (1-22)
Dal - Reggie Swinton (4-56)

Fumbles Lost
Giants - Kerry Collins 2, Ron Dayne

Opponent Fumbles Recovered
Dal - Brandon Noble, Lynn Scott, Orantes Grant

Time of Possession
Giants - 29:38
Dal - 37:34

Tackles (tackles-assists-sacks)
Giants - Michael Barrow 9-5-1, Shaun Williams 5-4-0, Sam Garnes 6-2-0, Michael Strahan 4-2-1.5, Cornelius Griffin 3-3-0, Brandon Short 5-0-0, Jason Sehorn 4-0-0, Dhani Jones 3-0-0, Ross Kolodziej 3-0-0, Will Peterson 3-0-0, Jessie Armstead 2-1-0, Frank Ferrara 2-0-1, Kenny Holmes 2-0-0.5, Will Allen 1-0-0, Cedric Scott 0-1-0.

Dal - Markus Steele 8-0-0, Dat Nguyen 5-3-0, Dexter Coakley 5-2-0, Dwayne Hawthorne 6-0-0, Peppi Zellner 5-1-0, Greg Ellis 4-2-1, Brandon Noble 4-1-1, George Teague 2-2-0, Michael Myers 2-2-0, Darren Woodson 3-0-0, Mario Edwards 2-0-0, Izell Reese 1-0-1, Orantes Grant 1-0-0, John Nix 1-0-0, Pat Dennis 1-0-0, Byron Frisch 2-0-1.


DAL - FG (11:45) Play: Tim Seder 22 Yard Drive: 9 plays, 65 yards in 5:49 Key Plays: Stoerner 15-yard pass to Lucky to Dallas 46 5-yard defensive offsides penalty on Giants' Holmes on 3rd-and-4 to New York 48 Stoerner 28-yard pass to Harris to New York 12 DALLAS 3-0
DAL - TD (14:41) Play: Joey Galloway 16 Yard Pass From Clint Stoerner (Tim Seder Kick) Drive: 2 plays, 16 yards in 0:46 Key Plays: Noble 6-yard fumble return to New York 15 DALLAS 10-0
DAL - TD (0:28) Play: Dexter Coakley 29 Yard Interception Return (Tim Seder Kick) DALLAS 17-0
NYG - TD (11:38) Play: Joe Jurevicius 4 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 4 plays, 63 yards in 1:49 Key Plays: Dayne 12-yard run to New York 49 Collins 48-yard pass to Toomer to Dallas 4 DALLAS 17-7
DAL - TD (14:21) Play: Mario Edwards 71 Yard Interception Return (Tim Seder Kick) DALLAS 24-7

NYG - TD (9:15) Play: Joe Jurevicius 34 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards in 2:57 Key Plays: Collins 21-yard pass to Dayne to New York 41 Collins 9-yard pass to Dayne to midfield DALLAS 24-14

NYG - FG (4:19) Play: Morten Andersen 40 Yard Drive: 7 plays, 28 yards in 4:06 Key Plays: Dayne 10-yard run to Dallas 40 Collins 7-yard pass to Barber to Dallas 30 DALLAS 24-17
NYG - TD (6:41) Play: Ike Hilliard 9 Yard Pass From Kerry Collins (Morten Andersen Kick) Drive: 2 plays, 14 yards in 0:40 Key Plays: Davis recovery of blocked punt at Dallas 14 DALLAS 24, NY GIANTS 24
NYG - FG (7:12) Play: Morten Andersen 42 Yard Drive: 8 plays, 61 yards in 4:17 Key Plays: Collins 14-yard pass to Toomer to New York 29 Collins 33-yard pass to Hilliard on 3rd-and-5 to Dallas 33 Collins 11-yard pass to Barber to Dallas 24 NY GIANTS 27-24


The 17-point comeback is the best for the Giants since coming back from a 17-0 halftime deficit to beat San Francisco 21-17 on Dec. 1, 1986.

Michael Strahan's 1.5 sacks gives him an NFL record 14 in a seven-game span.

Joe Jurevicius caught 2 touchdown passes for the first time in his career.

William Peterson, Dhani Jones and Brandon Short all had their first career interceptions in the second half.

Thabiti Davis' blocked punt was the first under Jim Fassel.

The Giants last blocked punt was on Oct. 27, 1996, by Tito Wooten against Detroit.

Next Game
Giants at Arizona Nov 11 at 4:00 pm.

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