Saturday, August 2, 2014
MNF moments, No. 37: A Giant mistake
By John Parolin, ESPN Stats & Info
To celebrate the 45th season of "Monday Night Football," a panel of ESPN.com contributors has selected the 45 most memorable moments in MNF history. Follow along as we reveal one per day and count down the number of days to this season's MNF debut.
No. 37: Cowboys 35, Giants 32 | Sept. 15, 2003
In this Week 2 meeting between NFC East rivals, the Dallas Cowboys led the New York Giants 29-14 with 12:43 to go before quarterback Kerry Collins put together an incredible fourth quarter.
Collins was 8-of-9 for 104 yards and two touchdowns on the next two drives, and a two-point conversion tied the game with 6:20 to play. The teams exchanged two drives each without a score, until Collins led an eight-play drive to put New York in field goal range.
Giants kicker Matt Bryant nailed the 30-yard attempt with 11 seconds to play to complete a stunning comeback -- as long as the kickoff played out without incident.
But Bryant's kickoff went out of bounds at the Dallas 2-yard line, giving QB Quincy Carter the ball on the Cowboys' 40-yard line. Carter had time for one play and made the most of it, completing a 26-yard pass to Antonio Bryant that set up kicker Billy Cundiff's 52-yard game-tying field goal as time expired.
Both teams had a possession in overtime, but Bryant's gaffe stuck square in the minds of Giants fans after Cundiff kicked a 25-yarder for a 35-32 Dallas win.