New York Giants

Tom Coughlin, Eli Manning and the rest of the New York Giants lost a heartbreaker to the Dallas Cowboys on ‘Sunday Night Football.’

By Robby Sabo

Whether or not the New York Giants should’ve ran the ball on third and goal instead of opting for a pass, with under two-minutes left, will be discussed for a long time to come.

Better yet, how Eli Manning didn’t just fall to the turf, still baffles all of us to this very moment.

Instead of Tony Romo getting the ball back with under a minute left and no timeouts, they started their game-winning drive from the 28 yard line with just over a minute and a half remaining.

The end result was a Romo to Jason Witten touchdown with just seven precious seconds left to give Dallas the 27-26 victory on Sunday Night Football.

Prevent isn’t even the appropriate word to describe the Giants defense on that final drive. It more of a “here’s 20 yards a clip” type defense.

The game was interesting all the way around. Despite the Cowboys completely outplaying the G-Men for the better part of the contest, New York thrived on the turnover and were seemingly in line to steal one at Jerry’s Place.

The total yards battle was overwhelmingly in the home team’s favor, 436-289. Time of possession was also a major indicator of how well Dallas played for the most part, 37:10-27:50.

Dominique Rogers-Cromartie scooped a Cole Beasley fumble in the second-quarter and returned it 52 yards, giving the Giants a 10-6 lead. Rashad Jennings provided the only Giants offensive TD on the night when he punched in a 1 yarder after the Cowboys committed their third turnover.

All in the house thought all hope was lost when Manning conducted a long 13 play, 79 yard drive in the fourth quarter which led to the eventual final Josh Brown field goal and mishap by Coughlin not running it and Eli not falling down with the ball. New York’s offensive line came together on that drive and showed real flashes of dominance. Regardless, Manning and company will now have to sit around a week with this very sour taste in their mouth. They’ll open up the home schedule against the Atlanta Falcons a week from today.

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Robby Sabo is a co-founder, CEO and credentialed New York Jets content creator for Jets X-Factor - Jet X, which includes Sabo's Sessions (in-depth film breakdowns) and Sabo with the Jets. Host: Underdog Jets Podcast with Wayne Chrebet and Sabo Radio. Member: Pro Football Writers of America. Coach: Port Jervis (NY) High School. Washed up strong safety and 400M runner. SEO: XL Media. Founder: Elite Sports NY - ESNY (Sold in 2020). SEO: XL Media. Email: robby.sabo[at]