In just 8 more plays, Romo and the Cowboys completed the comeback, with the quarterback connecting with back up tight end John Philips for the go-ahead score and a 24-23 lead. And on the next possession, Manning was intercepted. Suddenly that 23-point lead did not feel very impressive. After all, they settled for 3 field goals deep in Dallas territory.
But the fourth quarter was approaching, and the defense knew it. Chris Canty sacked Romo for a 12-yard loss on first down, eventually forcing a three and out.
Then it was Manning’s time to lead the offense. Starting from the 15, Manning was able to lead the Giants down the field to the Dallas 25, and Tynes regained the lead for good with his fourth field goal of the day. He added another for good measure on their next possession after a Felix Jones fumble for a score of 29-24.
But there were still 3 minutes left. And slowly, methodically, Romo marched down the field. On first and 10 from the Giants 28, he found tight end Jason Witten for 9 yards. But on second down, he could not make that same connection. Then on third down, he failed to find Kevin Ogletree.
Forced to go for it on fourth down, Romo was flushed out of the pocket, and threw up a prayer that was intercepted once again by Stevie Brown. It was Brown’s 5th interception of the year. Remember, Brown is a backup filling in for Kenny Phillips.
But the Giants could not rest just yet. The Cowboys still had all of their timeouts, and they used them. Ahmad Bradshaw came up just short of a first down on a 3rd and 3, forcing the Giants to punt with 51 seconds remaining.
That is what set up the drama that filled sports talk radio all over Dallas and New York this morning. Once again, Romo was able to drive down the field. With 16 seconds left, he heaved a hail mary about 45 yards into the back of the end zone.
Dez Bryant came down with it, but as already discussed, his hand came down before the rest of his body, and it just grazed the white chalk that divided, on this particular play the chasm between victory and defeat.
So the Giants, feeling like they got away with one, flew out of Dallas having beaten the rival Cowboys and arrived just in time to beat the dreaded Frankenstorm. Who knew it would be so gloomy here on the east coast after a big division win over the Cowboys? Do you realize that the Giants have 2.5 game division lead halfway through the season? I guess some things are bigger than football.
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