What went right ...
1. Air attack — Eli Manning had an awful start when he threw two interceptions on his first two possessions, but he showed his mettle by taking the Giants immediately down field on the ensuing possession when he found Hakeem Nicks on touchdown to cap an 11-play, 79-yard drive. It was the first of four Manning scoring tosses, as the Giants built up an 18-point lead.
2. O-line dominates — Ahmad Bradshaw, the NFL’s leading rusher, went over the 100-yard plateau for the fourth consecutive game.
3. Another KO — This game changed early in the second quarter when Michael Boley came free on a blitz and knocked Tony Romo out of the game. The Cowboys settled for a field goal to go up 13-7, and the offense didn’t score again until the fourth.
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What went wrong ...
1. Turnovers — Manning was picked off on his first two possessions, then fumbled and threw another one late in the contest. Jacobs also spilled the ball once. The Giants were lucky to only go down 10-0 early, but the defense let backup Jon Kitna catch fire late and score 15 in the final quarter. An onside kick recovery was needed to seal the game.
2. Special teams TD — Special teams was uneven again. Even when Matt Dodge booms a ball, things still go wrong. Rookie speedster Dez Bryant outran the punt coverage for an 88-yard return for a touchdown to put Dallas up 20-7 in the second.