Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants NFL Score, Recap, News and Notes
Andrew’s Week 12 NFL Breakdown and Analysis
November 23, 2014
Finishing off the Sunday Week 12 NFL slate, we had a nice matchup between the Cowboys and the Giants on “Sunday Night Football.” Dallas was coming off a big win over the Jags in London and a bye in Week 11, while the Giants were defeated at home by the 49ers. Games between these two teams always seem to be competitive, and this one was no different.
Let’s check out some of the key players and stats from this game so that we can figure out why things played out the way they did. Afterward we’ll check out Week 13 and see what’s in store for both teams’ immediate futures.
What Happened: The Giants started off strong here, and for a while it looked like they’d cruise to an easy victory. Odell Beckham, Jr. got the scoring started on a 3-yard TD pass from Eli Manning in the first quarter. Dan Bailey nailed a 38-yard field goal to make it 7-3 after one.
In the second, Beckham snatched a fingertip-grab from 43 yards out for his second touchdown, finishing off a highlight-reel play that will be shown for weeks to come. Jason Witten and Tony Romo got the Cowboys going from 4 yards out for a TD, but Andre Williams added a 3-yard TD run to make it 21-10 Giants after the first half.
In the second, the Cowboys really got going. Cole Beasley and Romo hooked up on a 45-yard TD, then Dez Bryant logged a 31-yard TD of his own. Dallas was clinging to a 24-21 lead after three.
In the fourth, Adrian Robinson managed a 1-yard TD pass from Manning that retook the lead after a 93-yard drive. With just three minutes left in the game, the Cowboys put together an 80-yard drive of their own, capped by a 13-yard Bryant TD from Romo that put Dallas up for good and gave us a final score of 31-28.
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The Stars: Romo had a great game here. He posted 275 yards for four touchdowns and no interceptions (he did lose a fumble, however). He was sacked just twice for nine yards, showcasing that great Dallas O-line.
Speaking of the line, they paved the way for Murray, who racked up 121 rush yards on 24 carries. Murray would add 22 more on two grabs.
Bryant led the way in receiving with seven receptions for 31 yards and two scores.
On the other side, Manning managed 338 yards and three scores, most going to Beckham, who had 146 yards and two scores on 10 grabs.
The Goats: Really, there weren’t any definitive dogs to point the finger at here; this game could have gone either way very easily. The Giants didn’t get much of a pass rush going (and really, neither did the Cowboys) and missed a few timely stops on defense that could have swung the tide the other way.
Injuries: Both teams seemed to escape any major damage here, but both were without a few players for the game. The Giants ruled out Jacquian Williams, Cullen Jenkins and Justin Pugh this weekend, while Dallas was without Tyler Patmon.
Outlook: Looking ahead to Week 13, the Cowboys will be on short rest when they take on the Eagles on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 27; 4:30 PM ET on FOX).
As for the Giants, they’ll head down to sunny Jacksonville to face the Jaguars (Nov. 30; 1:00 PM ET on FOX).
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