Cowboys must go for knockout punch
October, 25, 2012
By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com
IRVING, Texas -- It's one thing to go extreme right wing in the red zone during the late stages of a close game with Cam Newton standing on the other sideline.
Jason Garrett got away with it last week, when the Dallas Cowboys survived against the 1-5 Carolina Panthers. It'd be asking for disaster to go conservative in the clutch again this weekend, when the modern-day Captain Comeback is coming to town.
If the Cowboys put themselves in position Sunday to knock out Eli Manning and the New York Giants, they better throw their best punch.
Surely, a man who earned a history degree from Princeton is smart enough to realize this. Just check Manning's history: 27 game-winning drives, a list that includes a couple of comebacks that resulted in Super Bowl rings.
"It's kind of like when Michael Jordan had the ball," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said Wednesday, days after Manning's 77-yard strike to Victor Cruz gave the Giants a come-from-behind win over the Washington Redskins. "You knew he was going to take that last-second shot. You always felt like he was going to make it until it didn't go in."
The Cowboys are all too familiar with the feeling of being on the wrong end of Manning's clutch moments. He's had four game-winning drives against Dallas -- two in The House That Eli Signed (aka Cowboys Stadium) and one in the final playoff game at Texas Stadium.
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