Monday, October 29, 2012
Prince flashes 'puppy dog face' to get call reversed
By Randy Jennings | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara didn’t raise a ruckus when a potentially devastating interference flag was thrown with over a minute to play and with New York clinging to a 29-24 lead.
On the contrary.
“I gave him my puppy dog face,’’ Amukamara said. “You know, kind of sad. I’m not sure if it worked, but they picked up the flag.’’
The Giants held off Dallas, 29-24, to improve to 6-2.
Amukamara had been warned earlier by an official that his coverage was teetering on the edge.
“I was warned, but I’m an aggressive corner, I like to put my hands on them,’’ Amukamara said.
He was sure that on the play that produced his puppy dog face, he did not interfere with Dallas receiver Kevin Ogletree.
“I couldn’t believe it,’’ Amukamara said. “He was the one grabbing me. “The ball was overthrown and we were both touching each other. Usually in that situation the call does go to the offense. Thank goodness they reversed it.’’
The majority of Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s 62 throws were of the short, ball-possession variety. The Giants' secondary, nickled and dimed all day, surrendered only one touchdown pass. And that from only one yard out.
Cowboys tight end Jason Witten finished with 18 catches for 167 yards.
Witten’s superb day was not lost on Giants DE Justin Tuck.
“After that one-handed grab he had today, I winked at [Witten],’’ Tuck said. “And he smiled. He’ll go down in history as one of the greatest tight ends to ever play the game. We all knew coming into this game that Romo’s security blanket was Whitten. There were some plays when we double-teamed him and he still caught the ball. Give him credit. He’s a hell of a football player.’’
Wide receiver Miles Austin ran a steady dose of over-the-middle routes and had nine catches for 133 yards.
Romo’s 437-yard passing day, helped perhaps by the Giants softening up coverage with a big early lead, was nevertheless offset by four interceptions.
The Giants, it appeared, were willing to give up the short stuff as long as Romo didn’t get greedy. Romo won the statistical battle. The Giants won the scoreboard war.
“Hats off to Dallas,’’ Aumkamara said. “They kept fighting. But our defense made the plays when it had to.’’