Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Halftime: Cowboys 7, Giants 3
By Mike Mazzeo
STAT BAD, HUH? The Giants had just 85 total yards of offense and five first-downs in the first half. They went 2-for-7 on third down. Rocky Bernard recorded the only sack, on Dallas' opening series.
TOUGH END: Dez Bryant's 38-yard reception -- he beat Corey Webster with a double-move -- set up Kevin Ogletree's first-career touchdown with 1:01 remaining in the second quarter to give the Cowboys a 7-3 lead.
BOLEY'S PICK: Michael Boley's 51-yard interception return with 10:50 left in the second quarter set up Lawrence Tynes' 22-yard field goal that gave the Giants a 3-0 lead. Jason Pierre-Paul pressured Tony Romo, who threw the ball to Boley as he was lurking in the middle of the field. Boley had been listed as questionable with a hamstring injury and did not start, but certainly made his impact felt. The veteran linebacker did not play during the preseason. Boley was treated for cramps late in the second, according to WFAN's radio broadcast.
CAN'T GET IN: Boley's pick and an ensuing horse-collar penalty gave the Giants a first-and-goal at the Dallas 1. But they went backward on a pair of runs and Eli Manning couldn't connect with Victor Cruz in the slot, forcing them to settle for three.
ROOKIE MISTAKE: David Wilson lost a fumble on his second career NFL carry in the first quarter after he was stripped by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee. Wilson and Ahmad Bradshaw combined for just 21 yards on 12 carries with a long gain of five yards.
BUTTERFINGERS: Cruz caught four Manning passes for 46 yards -- 26 of them coming on a well-designed pick route. Cruz did have a drop a pair of throws, though.
GOOD PICKUP: Keith Rivers was all over the field, recording six tackles. Rivers left the game with a hamstring injury in the second quarter, but returned.
THE REPLACEMENTS: Starting at cornerback for the injured Prince Amukamara, Michael Coe gave up three catches to Ogletree for 32 yards but made a nice tackle on third down in the second to force Dallas to punt. In place of Will Beatty, who is active but playing as an extra blocker, Sean Locklear was solid at left tackle. Overall, New York's offense line gave up a pair of sacks to DeMarcus Ware.