Dallas Cowboys (6-5)- 24
New York Giants (4-7)- 21
Line: NYG -2.5
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo came up big this time around on Sunday as he led his offense down the field on a 14-play drive that covered the final 4:45 of the final quarter to set up the 35-yard game winning field goal as time expired giving the Cowboys a 24-21 victory over the Giants.
Romo said his only thoughts on the final drive was to score.
“You’ve got to go get a field goal or touchdown and win the game,” he said. You either feel comfortable in those situations or you don’t. I’ve been in that situation the past three or four weeks. You just have to go out and do it.”
The Cowboy win also ended the Giants four-game winning streak and most of their playoff hopes.
“This is tough,” said defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, who’s roughing penalty set up one of Romo’s touchdowns passes to Jason Witten. “This is the NFL and all the teams are pretty evenly matched. Obviously we have our work cut out, but until we are mathematically eliminated, we’re not going to pull off the gas at all.”
Dallas (6-5) moves into a first-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the NFC East with five games left, and just about ended any hope for the Giants making the playoffs.
On the final drive by the Cowboys, Romo went 6 of 9 for 67 yards, including hitting two third-down passes to keep the drive alive and give his kicker Dan Bailey the chance to deliver the knock-out blow to the Giants.
“I thought it was a great drive,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. “That’s really when you separate yourself as a quarterback, as an offensive team, as a team in general.”
Dallas wide receiver Dez Bryant kept the crucial final drive alive with a 19-yard catch on third-and-7 from the Dallas 23, said Romo had one message entering the final huddle.
“We’re about to go down there and score this touchdown and win,” Bryant recalled Romo saying.
New York was seeking to become the second NFL team to win five straight after losing the first six and knew this was a must-win game having dropped the season opener in which they committed six turnovers that started their horrific start of the season.
A Giants fumble at midfield by Victor Cruz was picked up Jeff Heath, who promptly ran it in from 50-yards away. The fumble return started a run of four straight scores.
The Cowboys answered the challenge after their bye week following their blowout loss to New Orleans on prime-time two weeks ago.
“Everyone understood how important the game was for both teams,” Romo said, who finished 23 of 38 for 250 yards. “They won four in a row to put themselves back into position. They had a home game. I could tell by their words leading up to it that they were confident. That’s what makes the game great. It was a big buildup, but we understood that the game was going to played on Sunday.”
New York put themselves in another hole and tried another comeback after falling behind 21-6 in the third quarter, but after tying it up at 21 all… the Cowboys had more then enough time on the clock to get it done.
“Something had to happen for us to get the ball back again,” coach Tom Coughlin said.
With eleven of the 16 teams in the NFC having a better record then the Giants, their chances of any postseason play may be dead in the water.
Big road win for ‘Americas Team’ on Sunday.
By Mario Martinez- Wonder Punter