8:20 PM ET, September 20, 2009
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX
• Lawrence Tynes kicked the winning 37-yard field goal as the Giants, who benefited from four Dallas turnovers, defeated the Cowboys in Dallas' home opener.
• Eli Manning led the way, finishing 25 of 38 for 330 yards and two touchdowns.
• Mario Manningham caught 10 passes for 150 yards and a touchdown for the Giants, and Steve Smith also caught 10 passes for 134 yards and a score.
• Tony Romo posted a 29.6 passer rating, finishing 13 of 29 for 127 yards with two scores (one rushing) and three picks.
-- ESPN Stats & Information
prone Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday night, sending home the largest regular-season crowd in NFL history muttering about what might've been.Former President George W. Bush, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and LeBron James were among a packed house of 105,121 that saw eight lead changes, with neither team ever ahead by more than six. The lead switched three times in the final quarter and had a doubly exciting finish because after Tynes made the kick, he had to do it again; Dallas had called a timeout just before the snap.His second try was even better than the first and all those fans got awfully quiet."People were talking about this like it was the Super Bowl in the second week of the season," said Pierce, a Giants linebacker. "We just came here to win a football game."Eli Manning was 25 of 38 for 330 yards with 22-yard touchdowns to Mario Manningham and Steve Smith. Each caught 10 passes, with Manningham's covering 150 yards and Smith's going for 134. It was quite a way for the Giants to end a 13-game stretch without a single 100-yard receiver."The whole team did a good job of gutting it out," Manning said. "This is a good thing to build from."
Giants quarterback Eli Manning was almost perfect throwing downfield against the Cowboys, posting a 156.3 passer rating on throws of 10 yards or more (158.3 is perfect).
|Dist. thrown||Less than 10 yds||10+ yards|
Jacobs had 8 yards in the first half, then 9 yards on his first run of the second half. ... The largest crowd had been 103,467 for 49ers-Cardinals in Mexico City in 2005. ... Dallas had spoiled New York's opener at Giants Stadium, winning 24-14 in 1976. ... Had Tynes not made the winner, Giants' fans might've blamed him for the loss. He'd missed a 29-yarder early in the third quarter.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||6.7||6.5|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||0-5||4-4|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|FG||9:03||Lawrence Tynes 30 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 9 plays, 71 yds, 4:29
|TD||4:15||Marion Barber 2 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 9 plays, 62 yds, 4:48
|TD||2:56||Bruce Johnson 34 Yard Interception Return (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 0 yds, 0:17
|FG||13:36||Lawrence Tynes 28 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 18 yds, 4:06
|TD||9:09||Jason Witten 1 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 8 plays, 73 yds, 4:27
|TD||0:53||Mario Manningham 22 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 3 plays, 28 yds, 0:35
|FG||0:06||Nick Folk 47 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 6 plays, 37 yds, 0:45
|TD||3:35||Tony Romo 3 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 83 yds, 2:33
|TD||13:31||Steve Smith 22 Yard Pass From Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 73 yds, 1:58
|FG||7:42||Lawrence Tynes 36 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 7 plays, 40 yds, 4:47
|TD||3:46||Felix Jones 7 Yard Run (Nick Folk Kick is Good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 71 yds, 3:57
|FG||0:04||Lawrence Tynes 37 Yard Field Goal is Good|
Drive info: 11 plays, 56 yds, 3:40