Monday, October 29, 2012
Cowboys defense holds strong vs. Giants
By Todd Archer
ARLINGTON, Texas – Eli Manning will be credited with another fourth-quarter comeback, but Sunday’s game will not be remembered as a vintage performance.
Manning threw for 192 yards on 15-of-29 passing and was intercepted once. The Giants had only 11 first downs and 293 yards. They converted only three of 15 third-down tries against the Cowboys.
“You can’t say we played good enough to win because we lost,” safety Danny McCray said. “But take that away and we did a pretty good job. I think Eli was under 200 yards passing. We played well. We had a lot of three and outs. I’m guessing we were pretty good on third down.”
The Cowboys forced two turnovers: McCray’s interception and Morris Claiborne’s fumble recovery. The defense had to deal with five New York drives that started inside Dallas territory because of turnovers. They held New York to three field goals and one touchdown in sudden-change situations.
“We don’t look at the offense and see what they’re doing and get down or up,” cornerback Brandon Carr said. “As a defense we just play our game. When our number is called, we just go out there and defend.”