4:30 PM ET, January 13, 2008
Texas Stadium, Irving, TX
The Cowboys had plans of hosting the Packers and avoiding the record books in a negative way. That plan failed with a loss to the Giants, Dallas' NFL record-tying sixth straight postseason loss.
|* -- Span of seasons (not in playoffs every year)|
The Giants won their first two playoff games on the road. Only four NFC teams have done that in the last 20 years -- and none of the previous three were able to win on the road a third time in the NFC Championship.
|Panthers (2005)||Seahawks||Lost by 20|
|Rams (1989)||49ers||Lost by 27|
|Vikings (1987)||Redskins||Lost by 7|
With their appearance in the NFC Championship Game at Green Bay, it will be the first time in Giants history in which the team will be playing three straight true road games in one postseason. Here's how they've fared with two road playoff games in the same postseason:
|2007||Won at Bucs||Won at Cowboys|
|1984||Won at Rams||Lost at 49ers|
|1981||Won at Eagles||Lost at 49ers|
New York doesn't have a turnover in two playoff games. ... Dallas' three scoring drives took nine, 20 and 14 plays and took 23:32, with eight straight third-down conversions. ... Giants DB Aaron Ross left with a right shoulder injury. ... Toomer's first TD was his longest since a 77-yarder on Nov. 30, 2003. It also gave him the most postseason receptions in club history, passing Mark Bavaro.
This was an evenly fought game between very well-balanced offenses that allowed their offensive coordinators many options with the play-calling. Like heavyweight fighters, the Cowboys and Giants exchanged body blows for most of the game. As the game went on, Dallas could not capitalize on some single coverage on the back end, having an increasingly difficult time protecting Tony Romo. Meanwhile, the Dallas defense stiffened late in the game, and DeMarcus Ware's elite abilities came to the forefront -- but the offense couldn't pull it out. Despite a very difficult string of games, the Giants played with fantastic energy and Tom Coughlin and his coaching staff should be commended. They were the better team. This was a well-played game between divisional rivals that were obviously very familiar with each other.
-- Matt Williamson, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.2||4.7|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||11:50||Amani Toomer 52 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||7||0|
|TD||14:56||Terrell Owens 5 Yd Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick)||7||7|
|TD||00:53||Marion Barber 1 Yd Run (Nick Folk Kick)||7||14|
|TD||00:07||Amani Toomer 4 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||14||14|
|FG||06:53||Nick Folk 34 Yd||14||17|
|TD||13:29||Brandon Jacobs 1 Yd Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick)||21||17|