Sunday, September 20, 2009

The Game

And now, my little cherubs, a good and happy night to you and the 2-0, first-place Giants. We'll have a full summary tomorrow.

UPDATE: Two lessons to be learned from this one. One, score touchdowns in the Red Zone. If you do that, you won't have to rely on the Cowboys to turn it over four times. Two, never bet against Eli Manning in the fourth quarter. The guy's a master at the two-minute drill. 12 career fourth-quarter comebacks. Cool as a cucumber.

UPDATE: Looked like the Giants got off the snap before the timeout. Personally, I hate this rule. A heck of an operation on that field goal wasted, Feagles getting the high snap down and Tynes sneaking it in left side. No matter. Tynes gets it, anyway. Absolutely wild game. This time, kicking a field goal in the Red Zone was a good thing. But they'd better get this all straightened out.

Final score: 33-31 Giants. Don't know what you guys were worried about. I had it all the time.

UPDATE: Tynes on for a 38-yard attempt for the win with 0:04 remaining.

UPDATE: Tremendous concentration by Manningham on a tipped ball for a first down at the 33. Then nice throw by Manning to Smith to get Tynes in field goal territory with 0:13 remaining. Heart pounding?

UPDATE: Captain comeback at work. He's done a good job moving the team, but it's third-and-4. Two plays here with 0:39 left. Some game to open up the new place.

UPDATE: Just gave a stat: Dallas 251 rushing yards. Isn't that what the Giants are supposed to do? Huge hold on Seubert to put the ball on the 15. Big play coming up on third-and-6 after the two-minute warning. They've got a long way to go to get into field goal range.

UPDATE: So, everybody enjoying the game? How's the tummy?

UPDATE: Manningham, nine catches for 142 yards and a TD so far. Nice. Oh, by the way, that field goal was on the 20. 0-for-7 Red Zone. I'm just saying...

Cowboys are back up 31-30 on Felix Jones' 7-yard touchdown run, set up by some great runs by Barber. We'll see. Still 3:40 left, but Giants have to keep the offense going.

UPDATE: Third-and-7 from the 20. They'd better get something here. Settled again for Tynes' 36-yarder for a six-point lead. This isn't over, folks. Far from it.

UPDATE: Ya know, I'm starting to like this Manningham kid.

UPDATE: Huge three-and-0ut by the Giants D. Now they need to take time off the clock and score a touchdown.

UPDATE: Smith over the open middle again, and then a little jump into the end zone to put the Giants up 27-24. May be hope afterall. But there's a long way to go, and no Tuck.

UPDATE: Lousy Feagles punt. Don't see that often. If not for Romo, Cowboys might be running away with this. Instead, Manning hits Manningham for 49 at the Dallas 24. End of third, 24-20 Cowboys.

UPDATE: Tuck's left arm is in a sling. X-rays negative, but he's done for the night. And now the defense is in trouble as they let up a 56-yard run by Jones and a 10-yarder to Barber. Giants are getting killed on Barber's cutbacks, the last of which goes 15 yards to the 2. Cowboys spread everything out on third-and-goal and ran a quarterback draw the Giants had no chance of stopping. That's how you run a goal line offense. 24-20 Dallas.

UPDATE: Hate to tell you guys, but the Giants are going to lose this one. The offense dropped dead. Nobody's doing anything. Waiting for them to prove me wrong.

UPDATE: No? So don't listen. At least the Cowboys don't have good field position now on the punt.

UPDATE: Big break on the Bobby Carpenter hold, giving them a first at the 14. Then another one as Terrence Newman turns into Smith for a 34-yard interference call. Suggestion: Heave it into the end zone from here.

UPDATE: More bad news. Boley and Terrell Thomas just missed tackles on Felix Jones' 25-yard run. But at least the defense held and forced the punt.

UPDATE: Back in the Red Zone thanks to Manningham and Bradshaw. Surprise! Drive is bogging down as Manning inexplicably throws to unreliable Hedgecock and grounds one to Jacobs. Another field goal attempt, and this time Tynes knocks it wide left from 29. That's the second time in two games the Giants came away empty in the Red Zone. Official two-game count: 0-for-6 with four field goals. If you're getting a bad feeling, you're not alone. Lots of company with you on that sideline.

UPDATE: For those waiting for Jacobs to join the fray; 31 yards with a stiff-arm. Nicely done.

UPDATE: Tuck is still in the locker room getting x-rays on an injured shoulder. I thought it was his knee originally, but he must have come down awkwardly on the trip.

UPDATE: Another scary halftime stat. Jacobs eight carries for eight yards. Total Giants rushing attack? 11 carries for 12 yards. Something tells me they'd better establish a running game in the second half. This is going to come down to clock-bleeding at the end.

UPDATE: Never ever should have given up that field goal at the end of the half. Gotta play D there. At any rate, Giants are up 20-17 at intermission.

UPDATE: That's a bad break on the early incompletion call on Phillip's interception off Witten's foot. Should have been a TD. Still, they get the ball in great position at the 28, and then Manningham comes up with a tremendous juggling catch on his back in the end zone for a 20-14 lead with 46 seconds to go. Significant in that they were two yards outside the Red Zone. That's Eli's 100th career touchdown pass, too.

UPDATE: Not good to see Tuck down after getting tripped by Flozell Adams. Probably just got a good bruise. Doesn't look serious.

UPDATE: Real scary stat right now. Jacobs has nine yards on seven carries and just got dropped for minus-1. They're going to need him to kill time in the second half. Two-minute warning after Manning bounces a third-down pass to Smith.

UPDATE: Ball's actually at the 5.

UPDATE: Hixon right knee sprain and is wearing a brace. Not good. Feagles' punt knocked out of bounds at the 1. Very good. Might now see Sinorice Moss in the passing offense. Meh.

UPDATE: Case in point on what happens when you keep giving back touchdown opportunities. The opposition comes back, sometimes because of your own actions. Huge facemask call on Miles Austin completion gets the ball to the 21, and then the Cowboys do a great job on the Patrick Crayton gimmick (pitch from Felix Jones) and get to the 3. Then, on third-and-goal, Romo runs a nice play-action to Witten for a touchdown and, voila, the Giants are chasing 14-13.

Anybody think the Cowboys will turn it over another couple of times. Seems if the Red Zone stuff keeps up, piling up the field goals is the only way the Giants will win this one. Unless they start scoring from long-range, of course.

UPDATE: Another third-down pass in front of the end zone, another field goal from the Red Zone. 0-for-5 and counting. Kind of takes the wind out of the Bruce Johnson pick and touchdown return.

UPDATE: Love how Steve Smith is fearless over the middle. Gets the Giants to the 6, and then Jacobs runs them to the 5 on first down as the quarter ends. 10-7 Giants.

UPDATE: Offense had better score from the 21. Two more yards and it's field goal time.

UPDATE: Wouldn't you love to be Bruce Johnson right now? Undrafted, only non-drafted rookie to make the roster, and he just returned an interception for a touchdown. He had a good game last week, too. Could we be seeing the making of a star?

Also, great job by Pierce on the defensive audible.

UPDATE: Starting to wonder why the Giants just don't run an end zone fade with Ramses Barden. Probably better than throwing into coverage for Hixon when he's covered well.

At any rate, Giants defense didn't bail out the offense this time, as Michael Johnson missed a tackle from behind on Marion Barber's 27-yard rush to the 13. Then, Martellus Bennett makes a nice grab at the 2, and the Dallas line blows out Boley as Barber takes it up the middle for a touchdown. See how those field goals come back to bite you?

UPDATE: Giants did a nice job on Romo in the first possession, and then Hixon's long return was loused up by C.C. Brown's hold. No problem, though, as Manning did a nice job getting away from pressure for a 30-plus pass to Smith to get them to midfield. Eli's looking good. On target so far as he finds Smith for another 26 yards and nearly hits Hixon at the goal line. But two breakups cause the Giants to settle for a field goal. Not good here. That's 0-for-4 with three field goals from the Red Zone so far this season.

Getting ready for kickoff. It's 84 degrees down there and the roof is open.

Remember, keep your comments right here.

67 comments:

  1. Ernie, the Cowboys ruined the Giants Stadium opener in '76. I hope Jerry Jones has that miserable look on his face in a few hours. Revenge is sweet.

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  2. Gilbride really needs to start taking some heat for his red zone play calling... This is ridiculous.

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  3. Allergic to the endzone, still. That's ok, great vibes off the start of this one. Big night for the D coming.

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  4. surprised they went to the air right away...pleasantly. keep the crowd out of this one.

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  5. Piece looks like he knows the Dallas playbook

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  6. Tynes' kickoffs. Ugly. I don't he's had more than one or two touchbacks in his career. Can't we do better?

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  7. Why are we not letting our running game get going? If we cant complete first down passes we are in turn killing our running game.

    What happened to let Jacobs pound? Why do we keep going to the air?

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  8. Like I said ANTIONIO PIERCE. He knows their playbook... hahahaha

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  9. Yaaaaaah. Johnson picks Romo. Jones picks nose.

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  10. You've got to love the 'Boys turning it over.

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  11. We better not stall at the 5 now...

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  12. terrible, this just won't cut it.

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  13. What is Theo Ratliff doing? Trying to win an Emmy for Best Celebration? He's going to pull a Gramatica. Dances don't win football games. Neither do stadiums.

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  14. our lack of a red zone game is killing us... here we go 7 for Dallas

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  15. need some pressure on romo or else...

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  16. Our o-line is being massively outplayed. Very surprising.

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  17. hmmm, wonder if they're going to try to stuff it in again. ya think??

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  18. Is Kevin Gilbride turning into Andy Reid? PUT THE BALL ON THE GROUND.

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  19. Feagles, doing it every year. I love it.

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  20. Heads up play Kenny Phillips...

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  21. The Giants are not getting a TD here, as unfair as it is.

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  22. at least the defense can find the endzone...

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  23. Some jackass blew the whistle at the 2.

    THERE WAS NO WHISTLE WHEN THE BALL BOUNCED!! THIS IS CRIMINAL!

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  24. Manningham is starting to look like a starter...

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  25. wow, great concentration on manningham's part. great catch!

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  26. why is our D so soft in garbage time?

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  27. 2nd half: has to be a way to run on these overhyped bozos.

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  28. the giants offense has got to find its rhythm in the 2nd half. let's go!

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  29. WOW. This is out of control, its ridiculous. We are going to lose this game, if we cannot score TD's.

    OHH WAIT, there is good ole tynes.

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  30. this is the kind of stuff that drives people to drink

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  31. Tynes is a goner. I believe Summerall will kick in the 4th quarter.

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  32. Why arent we throwing to our receivers... Second Hedgecock drop.

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  33. If the Giants can somehow sneak away with a win here it will be amazing. Because they are playing terrible all around

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  34. porous defense...c'mon someone stop the run please.

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  35. Now we give up on third down?

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  36. How many chances will our D give us?

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  37. dalls is foolish for getting away from the run. romo is stinking it up...but we'll take it! let's go g-men!

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  38. Huge play Manningham looks like he wants to be a #1.

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  39. ERNIE NOT EXACTLY LOVING YOUR FAITH IN THE GMEN!!!

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  40. No chance Romo wins a Super Bowl with Dallas, or any other team, for that matter. Just not a smart player.

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  41. RUN THE BALL. KILL TIME. We got this.

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  42. Any kickers available? Tynes cant even get to the 10 and he misses field goals? How is he still on the team?

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  43. well, they run and they score. now it's up to our offense to bail out the run D.

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  44. i'd feel better if Ernie hadn't quit on us half an hour ago...

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  45. This is why they pay Eli the big bucks...

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  46. Wow terrible calls... both terrible.

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  47. dallas can kick tuck with no call, and we get those two bogus calls? WTF!?

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  48. Please don't let this come down to Tynes. Please don't let this come down to Tynes. etc etc etc

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  49. And that is why they pay Eli the big bucks.

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  50. i hate to say it, but Ernie...O YE OF LITTLE FAITH...

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  51. whew, big win. glad they crashed the dallas party. kudos to the giants secondary and wide receivers. our running game never showed. road warriors!

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  52. see y'all next week. thanks Ernie, i'll be checking the site for updates throughout the week!

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  53. EAT THAT, JERRY JONES YOU MORON!!!!!! The best early regular season win you could have. Extremely satisfying in (most) every way.

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  54. One more lesson learned: A billion dollars ca't buy happiness.

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  55. nice job ernie, and a good number of comments...

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  56. anyone still want Romo over Eli? He carved them up on the two minute drill......surgery. They can keep him....I will take my guy every time

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  57. Ernie,

    Good win by Giants (despite some bad red zone play calling) and really good to see you back in the saddle!

    Fitz

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  58. Great job Ernie. Glad you're doing this.

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  59. Here it is: Besides field goals and interceptions, Dallas dominated this game. We lost for one very good reason and he is worth guaranteed $30 million. Our defense dominated and our backs were hot (looks like earth wind and fire moved to dallas). Unfortunately, the two main areas NYG dominated mattered the most. Oddly enough, I was cheering for the Giants at the end. Two reasons: (1)Eli is a great QB who makes the plays and leads. (2) I am sick of Romo playing like crap and he deserved this loss. Wade Philips is a softy who lets Romo have sloppy games and get away with it. Jerry is paying him so much money that he seems afraid to go into the locker room and pimp slap him. I was also glad to see Jerry disappointed when they lost. He has been so caught up in his stadium that he has failed to address serious coaching and player problems.

    After watching the Saints today, I wish Parcells would have agreed to Peyton's request to get Romo for Brees. Keeping Romo over Brees was the dumbest move parcells made. I honestly think the cowboys would have had a better chance to win tonight with Kitna in. Pitiful! It sucks most for the defense that shut down your running game and our backs that carried the team.

    Looks like we are in for another rough season down here. At least we have a billion dollar facility to lose in. I still bleed Blue and Silver, just wish the name above the number 9 read BREES!

    -DallasDave!

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