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Kitna, Cowboys look deep to beat Giants

11/15/2010

The Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 33-20 Sunday night, avenging a 41-35 loss to the Giants in Week 7. Jason Garrett wins his first game as head coach, the biggest road win ever posted by an NFL head coach immediately after a midseason coaching change, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Coincidentally, Garrett matched the largest margin of victory immediately following a mid-season change since … Wade Phillips. The former Cowboys head coach made his NFL head-coaching debut by leading the Saints to a 29–3 win over the Rams 25 years ago after replacing his dad, Bum Phillips.

Here are a few things that made a difference in the game:

Cowboy QBs This Season
Throwing 21 or More Yards Downfield

• The Cowboys took more shots down the field, throwing more than 20 yards downfield on 22.7 percent of their pass attempts. Prior to Sunday, the Cowboys had only thrown more than 20 yards downfield on 8.5 percent of pass attempts.

• The Cowboys ran three screen plays Sunday against the Giants, racking up 117 yards and a Felix Jones touchdown. In their first eight games, the Cowboys picked up 138 yards on 23 screen attempts and no touchdowns.

In the teams’ first meeting of the season in Week 7, Dallas also ran three screen plays, but netted just seven yards.

• Eli Manning was 4-for-4 with 3 touchdowns in the red zone against the Cowboys in Week 7, but on Sunday he struggled. Manning threw two interceptions in the red zone in Week 10 after throwing just one pick in his previous eight games.