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Monday, October 29, 2012
Report card: Just skating by

By Ohm Youngmisuk



B-minus

RUSHING OFFENSE

The Giants never seemed to be able to get the run game going but they did finish with 103 yards on the ground. Ahmad Bradshaw got 22 carries and finished with 78 yards and one fumble. Andre Brown added 21 yards on three carries and a touchdown.

On a day when they had trouble passing, the Giants got a little something out of their run game.

C-

PASSING OFFENSE

Eli Manning failed to throw for a touchdown and finished with just 192 yards. Dallas' secondary did an even better job against Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks in the rematch by holding the two to a total of six catches for 69 yards. Rueben Randle did catch a 56-yard bomb.

The Giants were just 3-for-15 on third-down conversions and Manning only completed 15 passes. But six of the completions came in the fourth quarter on two drives that resulted in the two field goals that made the difference. So he came through when it mattered most.

B+

RUSHING DEFENSE

The Giants shut down Felix Jones to a total of 19 yards as the Cowboys pretty much abandoned the run. Tony Romo also finished with no yards rushing but Jones and Romo did both score on 1-yard runs.

Still, the Giants held Jones and his big-play potential in check and Romo was not able to scramble for any big gains. They also forced a Jones fumble.

C-minus

PASSING DEFENSE

The Giants allowed Romo to throw for 437 yards and one touchdown. Jason Witten exploded for 18 catches for 167 yards. Miles Austin also had nine catches for 133 yards while Dez Bryant finished with five catches for 110 yards and it could have had more if not for his fingers.

But, the Giants intercepted Romo four times, sacked him four times and made two defensive stands to win the game in the final 3:31. Stevie Brown was outstanding with two interceptions and a forced fumble and Jason Pierre-Paul had a pick-six and a sack. Linval Joseph added two sacks and Chris Canty had a stellar game with a sack.

A-

SPECIAL TEAMS

Lawrence Tynes carried the Giants with four field goals (41, 37, 26, 43 and 37). Steve Weatherford cracked a 53-yarder that pushed Dez Bryant back before he muffed it. He recovered only to fumble and the Giants recovered to set up one of Tynes' field goals.

David Wilson averaged 21.5 yards per kickoff return and Bryant failed to hurt the Giants as a punt returner.

B-

COACHING

The Giants were practically handed a 23-0 lead. That lead should have been bigger but the Giants couldn't score more touchdowns. They failed to knock the Cowboys out and let Dallas score 24 unanswered as the offense repeatedly stalled out.

Defensively, Jason Witten shredded the Giants secondary. But, the Giants made all the winning plays to get a big road win for their third straight victory and were fortunate enough for Dez Bryant's fingers to land out of bounds.