8:30 PM ET, October 23, 2006
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
IRVING, Texas (AP) -- Drew Bledsoe stood grim-faced on the sideline, his fingers locked inside the collar of his jersey, a visor pulled over his eyes. The New York Giants already had their way with him -- and now they were doing the same to his backup.
The Giants played with a greater sense of urgency and more intensity than the Cowboys and are now in first place in the NFC East. They dominated on both sides of the ball; their defense put constant pressure on Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe with inside gut pressure and a relentless pass rush by defensive ends Michael Strahan and Osi Umenyiora.
In relief of Bledsoe in the second half, Tony Romo flashed what type of quarterback he could be given time and a full week of preparation -- even though he was inconsistent with his decision making. The Cowboys' vaunted run defense was shredded by Tiki Barber, who gained most of his yards off second effort.
Tiki Barber has led the Giants in rushing yards for 70 consecutive games, a streak that began with the 2002 season opener. That's the longest streak of that kind in NFL history. The old record was held by Barry Sanders, who led the Lions in rushing in each of 68 straight games from 1994 to 1998. • For more Elias Says, click here
The Giants also played the second half without cornerback Frank Walker, who strained a hamstring. ... Bledsoe has two rushing TDs this season, 10 in his career. ... Before the game, Hank Williams Jr. got out of an oversized pickup truck and hollered his signature line, "Are you ready for some football?" He then went to the Dallas sideline and shook hands with Parcells, Bledsoe and Owens.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||4.9||5.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||2:59||Plaxico Burress 50 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Jay Feely Kick) |
Drive: 5 plays, 74 yds, 2:59
|SF||11:01||Drew Bledsoe Tackled By Lavar Arrington In End Zone||9||0|
|FG||3:09||Jay Feely 31 Yd |
Drive: 9 plays, 62 yds, 3:09
|TD||11:09||Drew Bledsoe 1 Yd Run (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 10 plays, 80 yds, 5:05
|TD||0:59||Jeremy Shockey 13 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Jay Feely Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 14 yds, :51
|TD||13:34||Brandon Jacobs 3 Yd Run (Jay Feely Kick) |
Drive: 14 plays, 68 yds, 7:39
|TD||1:59||Terrell Owens 8 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Tony Romo Run For Two-Point Conversion) |
Drive: 7 plays, 75 yds, 3:25
|FG||11:06||Jay Feely 32 Yd |
Drive: 8 plays, 34 yds, 5:00
|TD||12:27||Kevin Dockery 96 Yd Interception Return (Jay Feely Kick)||36||15|
|TD||12:57||Patrick Crayton 53 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Mike Vanderjagt Kick) |
Drive: 3 plays, 74 yds, :30