The New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 10-7 on ‘Sunday Night Football’ to sweep the season series from them for the first time since 2011. The victory puts the Giants in firm command of a wildcard with an outside chance of winning the NFC East.Several players stepped up and had their best game of the season. Here are the players that deserve game balls for their performance.
1. Janoris Jenkins
For the second time this season, Janoris Jenkins shut down Dez Bryant and showed why he deserves to make the Pro Bowl. He had a key interception in the second quarter when Dallas was in Giants territory, and on the lone reception that Bryant caught on him, he forced a fumble Bryant to fumble on the Cowboys second to last drive that Landon Collins recovered that all but iced the game.
2. Odell Beckham Jr.
Although he had a few drops one of which would have been a touchdown, he made the biggest play of the game when he caught a slant from Eli Manning and ran 61 yards for the game-winning touchdown. He finished the game with four receptions for 94 yards and the one touchdown.
Like a BLUR. How many times has Jerry Rice taken that slant to the house out of the west coast offense? #OdellBeckham, #NYG take the lead. pic.twitter.com/Ss2w8vtcJJ
— Elite Sports NY (@EliteSportsNY) December 12, 2016
3. Romeo Okwara
The rookie defensive end played in place of Jason Pierre-Paul and the Giants defense did not miss a beat. He led the team with eight tackles and had a sack, and was able to apply consistent pressure on Dak Prescott.
4. Leon Hall
Hall, who played some slot corner and free safety on Sunday night, had a key interception in the third quarter. Dak Prescott was attempting a deep pass intended for Dez Bryant that Hall intercepted at the 10-yard line. Hall ran back 29 yards to the Giants 39-yard line. Two plays later, Manning connected with Beckham for the touchdown.
5. Brad Wing
Yes, we have to show a punter some love for Wing performance where field position was key. His longest punt traveled 57 yards and five times he pinned the Cowboys inside their own 20-yard line.