New York Giants: Dan Bailey

Drive of the Game: Cowboys end the dream

November, 25, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- After the New York Giants' touchdown and two-point conversion tied the game at 21-21, and Tony Romo and the Dallas Cowboys got the ball at their own 20-yard line with 4:45 left in the game, there was surely a segment of the football-watching populace that was expecting Romo to make a mistake that cost his team the game. The Giants were not part of that segment.

"Romo's a good quarterback," Giants defensive end Justin Tuck said. "And he showed that again today."

Romo would convert three third downs on the final drive of Sunday's game, moving the ball all the way to the Giants' 16-yard line and setting up Dan Bailey for the game-winning field goal as time expired. It was a 14-play drive that covered 64 yards and likely ended all of the Giants' remaining hopes of recovering from their 0-6 start to make the playoffs.

Tuck said after the game that he was surprised the Giants' defense played coverage on the final drive rather than trying to pressure Romo. Especially with starting cornerback Trumaine McBride out with a groin injury and Antrel Rolle rolling all over the place in and out of different positions, the Giants seemed vulnerable back there. And Romo seemed to know that. Instead of running the ball to bleed the clock once the Cowboys got into field-goal range, Romo threw it twice to get closer. On second-and-10 from the 28, he threw deep down the middle to Dez Bryant, who appeared to catch the ball only to have it pop out as he hit the ground. The pass was ruled incomplete, but Romo went right back deep to Cole Beasley on third-and-10, connecting for 13 yards. A couple of kneel-downs got the clock down to four seconds, and Bailey was true from 35 yards to seal the win as time ran out.

Rapid Reaction: New York Giants

November, 24, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A few thoughts on the New York Giants' 24-21 loss to the Dallas Cowboys:

What it means: You have to think it's over now, right? The Giants' four-game winning streak came to an end in a tough game in which Dan Bailey's 35-yard field goal went through the uprights as time ticked away, and now they are 4-7 with five games left in their season. The Giants ran the ball well, but Eli Manning and the passing game couldn't even get 200 yards against a pass defense that was allowing a league-worst 313 yards per game coming in. Now, the Giants need to win all five of their December games just to finish above .500. Dreams of a miracle run to the playoffs all but died in the cold at MetLife Stadium on Sunday.

Stock watch: The running game -- UP. The Giants ran for more than 200 yards in a game for the first time since Oct. 7 of last year. Andre Brown went over 100 yards for the second time in his three games this season, and Brandon Jacobs contributed with a couple of surprisingly big plays. His 37-yard gain in the first half was the first Giants' run play of the season that covered at least 20 yards. The interior of the offensive line, even after losing center Jim Cordle to a knee injury, did a fine job of opening holes for the running backs, and the Giants stuck with the run even though they were trailing all game.

Sacks are back: After being largely absent during the season-opening, six-game losing streak, the Giants pass rush has returned over the past month. They sacked Tony Romo four times Sunday. Defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins collected two by himself as the interior of the Giants defensive line continues to be a consistent strength of the team.

Bonehead plays: There were plenty both ways, but Mathias Kiwanuka picked up a couple of damaging personal-foul calls that ranked among the lowlights of the 11 penalties assessed against the Giants. The Cowboys were called for 11 as well.

What's next: The Giants play their first road game since Oct. 27 when they travel to Washington for an 8:30 p.m. ET game against the Redskins next Sunday night. The Redskins are 3-7 heading into this week's "Monday Night Football" game against the 49ers.

Coughlin's timeout call was right on time

December, 12, 2011
DALLAS -- Giants coach Tom Coughlin hovered near an official on the sideline, waiting for the precise moment to shout the word Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey didnt want to hear.


It was an ice-the-kicker ploy with a twist. The timeout canceled Bailey's 47-yard make that would have sent Sunday night's game into overtime and it gave Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul reason to change his rush angle on Bailey's next try.

Pierre-Paul blocked Bailey's attempt after the timeout to secure the Giants' 37-34 victory.

"I was talking to the referee the whole time,telling him when I was going to go,"’ Coughlin said.

"I knew he was going to call it," Giants defensive end Jason Tuck said. "I was right beside him. It was like Coach Coughlin had the best get-off of all get-offs because it seemed like he saw the twitch of the ball and then, 'Timeout!' It was pretty timely.’’

Eli Manning watched it unfold from the sideline after leading his team to two touchdowns in the final 3:14.

"That was good," Manning said. "It worked out very well. Good idea by Coach Coughlin, and the guys executed well in getting it blocked."

Said Giants offensive lineman David Diehl: "That's the way to do it. You wait until the kicker lines up and at the last minute, just before they snap the ball, you call a timeout. You've got to credit Coach Coughlin there for calling it that way."

Manning said the Giants were well-aware of Dallas' troubles in a similar circumstance in an overtime loss at Arizona last week.

"Obviously, everybody knows what happened last week," Manning said. "They called the timeout and they missed the second one. This one was similar, except we blocked it."