Monday, October 29, 2012
Five Plays: Game of inches
By Randy Jennings | Special to ESPNNewYork.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- A look at five key plays in the Giants' 29-24 victory over Dallas on Sunday at Cowboys Stadium:
1. Upon review: At first ruled a touchdown, Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant’s leaping 37-yard end zone catch with 10 seconds remaining was reviewed and reversed. The reason: replay showed Bryant’s hand, or more precisely his fingertip, touched ground beyond the end line. His hand was the first part of his body to contact the turf. By a couple of inches, the Giants prevailed.
2. JPP for TD:Jason Pierre-Paul returned a second-quarter interception 28 yards for a touchdown. The Giants managed to score only two touchdowns and Pierre-Paul supplied one. Pierre-Paul slow-played his pass rush and diagnosed Tony Romo’s swing pass intended for Felix Jones. The defensive end leaped high for the interception and could have walked into the end zone with the touchdown that made it 23-0.
3. Key stop: Romo faced fourth-and-1 from the Giants' 19 trailing by five points with 1:14 on the clock and all three timeouts remaining. From the shotgun formation, Romo rolled to his right but was forced to retreat in the face of a strong rush. The Dallas quarterback’s desperation pass to the sideline was intercepted by Stevie Brown, his second interception of the game. Even if Dallas had converted on the play, it would have come back. Doug Free was flagged for holding, a penalty the Giants declined.
4. Clutch connection: Trailing 24-23 early in the fourth quarter, the Giants were backed up their to own 15 and in need of a big play. Eli Manning got the Giants out of the hole and on their way to a go-ahead field goal with a 29-yard slant to Hakeem Nicks. "We caught the safety down ... because we had started running the ball and we hit them with the play action and got in behind him and Eli put the ball up," said Nicks.
5. Good Tynes: A kicker is usually singled out only because of a key miss. But the Giants’ Lawrence Tynes didn’t miss on Sunday. He went five-for-five, converting field goals from 41, 37, 26, 43 and 37 yards. “We did a good job on the snap and hold and protection," Tynes said. “We’re here to play in these big games and make big kicks. I feel like we helped our team today."