The Dallas Cowboys clutched it in the closing seconds of the fourth quarter to defeat the New York Giants 27-26.
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo started off the season rather well throwing over 350 passing yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions – one being a pick-six. All three of his touchdowns were snatched by his big and aggressive tight-ends Gavin Escobar and Jason Witten.
For the Giants, two-time super bowl champion quarterback Eli Manning had a mediocre game. He did not put up a single touchdown. On the bright side, he didn’t fling an interception, which is good news to hear for Giants fans. Last year, Manning was in the top 10 in NFL quarterbacks for most interceptions thrown with 14. His brother, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, threw 15, and he was seventh on the list.
Tony Romo performed well in the closing seconds, rifling an 11-yard touchdown pass across the middle of the field to one of his favorite targets, tight end, Jason Witten. He had an exceptional game with eight receptions, 60 yards, and two touchdowns. It was a fantastic home opener for Dallas.
“Jason’s obviously a special player. He’s obviously close to me,” Romo said after his team’s tremendous comeback. “It’s a great feeling to see him score that winning touchdown. He’s the best.”
Despite their victory, the Cowboys did receive some tough news about their top wide receiver Dez Bryant. The injury revealed that Bryant has a broken bone in his right foot and will be out 4-6 weeks. His injury will require surgery. Romo was not pleased with the severity of Bryant’s injury. “You can’t replace Dez Bryant,” Romo said after the game. “I hurt for him right now.”
The Giants had possession of the ball late in the game in the red zone and Manning wanted to use the clock as much as possible. Giants running back, Rashad Jennings could have iced the game with a rushing touchdown from inside the five-yard line but Manning wanted Jennings to keep the clock running. The Giants ended up converting on a field goal to make it 26-20 Giants which gave Romo 1:34 to score.
“It was bad clock management,” Manning said after the loss. “It was definitely an option to take a sack and run 40 seconds off the clock and give them less time. That’s 100 percent on me.”
These two teams will meet again on Week 7, Oct 25, at Metlife Stadium in New Jersey for their last division meeting of the season. It is highly questionable if Bryant will be ready to play by that time.