Rapid Reaction: Cowboys 24, Giants 17

September, 5, 2012

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- It seemed perfect that a kid from Queens would close out the season opener Wednesday night.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree made a 15-yard catch on third-and-long to keep a drive alive, and allow the Cowboys to run out the clock and sap the life out of MetLife Stadium.

The Cowboys are definitely happy with their 24-17 victory over the New York Giants.

All summer, they talked about getting revenge on a team that beat them twice in the regular season and knocked them out of postseason consideration.

The Cowboys are now 6-0 in season openers against the Giants and will get a weekend off to feel good about it.


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What it means: The Cowboys talked about setting the tone for their season, and if they defeated the Giants in the season opener, it would let everybody in the NFC East know things are different. There were many terrific performances, which included tight end Jason Witten (who was listed as doubtful Tuesday with a spleen injury) starting. Center/guard Ryan Cook relieved center Phil Costa (back) after three snaps because of injury. You could go on for days about the defensive pressure Rob Ryan put on Eli Manning and how Ogletree emerged as the No. 3 receiver.

Jason Witten plays? There was doubt over whether Witten would play. He suffered a spleen injury in the preseason opener nearly a month ago and was limited in practices after he was cleared to move around. Witten was cleared by doctors Tuesday to play, and even then, there was concern over whether the Cowboys wanted him to play. He finished with two catches for 10 yards with no touchdowns, but he was on the field for the majority of the offensive snaps.

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett comments on team's mental toughness, the penalties, overcoming adversity, Tony Romo's leadership and more.

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Injuries mount: Felix Jones (undetermined), Phil Costa (back) and Orlando Scandrick (IV) left the game. Only Costa, who played three snaps, didn't return.

Ogletree proves he's No. 3: If there was any doubt about who the No. 3 receiver is, look at Ogletree. He had eight catches for 116 yards and two touchdowns, his first as a professional. Last season, Ogletree was the No. 3 receiver but lost the starting job to Laurent Robinson. So far, so good for Ogletree in 2012.

What's next? The Cowboys return to Valley Ranch on Monday to prepare for a Week 2 game at Seattle. The Cowboys might get starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff back from his high-ankle sprain, as well as cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder) and safety Danny McCray (stinger).
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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