The New York Giants got a real divisional test on Sunday, and the G-Men failed with true-blue flair. The Dallas Cowboys defeated New York 31-20, as Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens rode the Giants secondary like they were his personal mules.
Owens racked up 125 yards and two touchdowns on the afternoon, flying past the Giants’ defensive backs like they were at the airport and he was the only guy on the moving sidewalk. The Giants couldn’t tackle, couldn’t get pressure on the quarterback, couldn’t stop the run and basically looked like the Giants from last November who folded like a cheap lawn chair under the pressure of the second half of the season.
Quarterback Eli Manning really struggled in big situations, getting sacked five times and throwing two picks. In the final quarter, with the game on the line, the Giants went three-and-out on several occasions, and video cameras even caught Eli doing the “Peyton Manning face” during the final minutes. (For those of you who don’t know, it’s a face that inhabits all the despair and confusion of the world. It coveys, “How did I get here?” “Why can’t I win big games?” and “What exactly does Qualcomm mean?”)
The loss dropped New York to 6-3, two games behind Dallas for the NFC East lead. Luckily, they go Detroit next week – which got beat by woeful Arizona yesterday – so everything should be fine in Giants World by next Sunday. Also, Jeremy Shockey had a big game (12 receptions, 129 yards, one touchdown), so hopefully we won’t have to listen to him rant and rave in the meantime.