NFL Opening Night – Cowboys at Giants

Update: 11:36 PM Eastern

With the Giants out of timeouts and the Cowboys having a first down, the game is academic.  Romo takes a knee 3 times and runs out the clock.

Stars of the night: DeMarco Murray – 131 yards rushing, Kevin Ogletree – 114 yards receiving (2 TD’s) and Tony Romo – 22/29 for 307 yards passing (3 TD’s – 1 INT)

Dallas Total Yards – 433  New York Total yard – 269.  

The Giants inability to establish the run against Dallas’ defense proved to be the difference in the game.  Dallas was able to get DeMarco Murray working in the second half to open things up for Romo and the passing game.  The Cowboys defense kept up pressure on Eli Manning all night with 3 sacks (2 from DeMarcus Ware) and 5 tackles for loss showed that Rob Ryan’s defense might be for real this year.  A point of negative tonight for Dallas is in the area of penalties.  They had 13 for 86 yards – definitely something that will need to be worked on in the coming week.

 24-17 Dallas Wins.

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Update: 11:30 PM Eastern

Cowboys start with the ball at their 26.  The Giants burn their lasts two timeouts one after each of two runs by DeMarco Murray.  On 3rd and 2 from the Dallas 34 – Murray gets the first down, but AGAIN the Cowboys shoot themselves in the foot with a holding call.  It brings up a 3rd and 12 at the 25.  Romo completes the pass for 14 yards to the receiving star of the night, Kevin Ogletree.  TWO MINUTE WARNING

24-17 Dallas with 2:00 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 11:23 PM Eastern

Giants come up just shy of the first down – Bradshaw gets the first down inside the 10.  Next play is a TD pass to Martellus Bennett.  One possession game, but that drive ate up a lot of clock.

24-17 Dallas with 2:36 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 11:20PM Eastern

On 4th and 2 from the Dallas 29 –  Eli completes it to Cruz for a gain of 7 to the Dallas 22 and a first down.   Two plays later – 3rd and 6 from the Dallas 18 – TIMEOUT NEW YORK

 24-10 Dallas with 3:27 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 11:15 PM Eastern

Giants trying to get something done here to get back in the game here late.  Bradshaw gets a huge run on 3rd and 1 for 32 yards down to the Dallas 37.  Victor Cruz drops another one on this drive – making for 3 drops on the night.  On 3rd and 10 from the 37, Eli complete it to Nicks for 8.  4th and 2 from the Dallas 29 – TIMEOUT DALLAS

24-10 Dallas with 4:03 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 11:07 PM Eastern

 Dallas trying to eat up the clock and get another score to make it a two possession game.  Murray is asserting himself on this drive with over 100 yards rushing at this point.  Penalties are really stacking up for the Cowboys.  So THAT hasn’t been addressed properly in the off-season.  On 1st and 30 from the 34 – Romo completes a TD pass to Miles Austin.  Might be putting the game away at this point.

 24-10 Dallas with 5:57 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 11:00 PM Eastern

Dallas take over at their own 18.  Cowboys have had some issues getting the ball snapped on time – another delay of game penalty.  Ogletree having the best game of his career with 7 catches for 102 yards and 2 TD’s at this point.  Dallas dominating the game in terms of yardage (347 yard to 190).  

17-10 Dallas with 9:33 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 10:53 PM Eastern

Giants ensuing possession – Dallas had them 3 and out, but had a silly ticky-tack roughing the passer penalty against Jason Hatcher on 3rd down to keep the drive alive early.  He made up for it near midfield with a sack on 3rd and 4 killing the drive.

17-10 Dallas with 13:17 left in the 4th quarter

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Update: 10:40 PM Eastern

Dallas manages to get down inside the 10 yard line, but the drive stalls after Romo is sacked on 2nd down and goal back at the 15 and an incomplete pass on 3rd.  They have to settle for a 33 yard field goal from Dan Bailey.

17-10 Dallas with 0:42 left in the 3rd quarter

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Update:  10:35 PM

HOLY COW!! DeMarco Murray moving in and out around Giant defenders on what looks to be a 2 or 3 yard loss, suddenly opened up and turned into a 48 yard run to the New York 25 yard line.

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Update: 10:30 PM Eastern

Giants first drive of the second half after the Cowboy touchdown – moving nicely with a 39 yard pass from midfield down to the Dallas 10.  The next play Ahmad Bradshaw runs off the left tackle and into the endzone for the TD.  

The running game has suddenly started to work a bit for both team in this half.  Adjustments or a sign of early season lack of conditioning for both defenses?

14-10 Dallas with 5:11 left in the 3rd quarter

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Update: 10:15 PM Eastern

Cowboys open up the second half with a decent drive capped by a beautiful blitz pick up allowing Romo to complete a 40 yard pass down the right side to Kevin Ogletree for his second touchdown of the night! 

14-3 Dallas with 10:24 left in the 3rd quarter

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Update:  9:44 PM Eastern – 1:59 left in the half

Cowboys have a little bit of a drive going – near midfield – 2 minute warning with 3rd and 1 coming up.

Romo hits Dez Bryant for 38 yards down the right side to the Giants’ 15 – Bryant now leads all receivers with 3 catches for 69 yards.  Ogletree reception to the 10.  (Timeout Cowboys – 1:07 Left in the half)

On 2nd and 5 from the 10 – Romo moves out of the pocket to his right when Jason Pierre-Paul flushed him and he finds Kevin Ogletree in the endzone for the Touchdown pass!!  Cowboys take the lead 7-3 with 1:01 left in the half.

The Giants final drive fizzles with and incomplete pass, Eli Manning sacked and a half-back draw to Bradshaw for a minimal game.

Summary for your first half:  

Giants best drive was 4 plays for -3 yards and a 22 yard field goal while the Cowboys offense looked like crap until the last 3 minutes of the half when they actually busted out for a good drive resulting in a touchdown and the lead late in the half.  

Let’s hope both teams improve in the second half.

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5:18 left in the first half and the Cowboys offense looks just as inept as they did last year.   80 total yards of offense (Giants only have 84 and aren’t looking much better).  On the other hand, the defenses look pretty solid.

Victor Cruz leads all receivers so far with 4 catches for 46 yards.  Ahmad Bradshaw leads the rushing (9 carries for 16 yards).  

Giants leading 3-0 after Romo threw a pick that was returned inside the Dallas 5 where the Giant’s offense immediately lost a couple yards and had to settle for a field goal