The Giants came into this game needed a win, and they did just that. The Giants took down the Cowboys today 23-19. With the win, the Giants not only end a seven-game losing streak to the Cowboys but an Eagles victory over the Washington Football Team would send the Giants to the playoffs. But this game was everything but easy for the Giants, but in the end, the Giants took home the win.
First Drive Dominance
The Giants took control of the first half from their first drive. Daniel Jones was hitting his targets early, and the Giants were able to move down the field quickly and put the ball in the endzone on a 23-yard jet sweep by Sterling Shepard. It took just over three minutes for the Giants to score a touchdown. Graham Gano would miss only his second extra point of the year, giving the Giants a 6-0 lead over the Cowboys after their first drive of the game. The Giants would force a punt on the Cowboy’s first drive after a drive-ending sack by linebacker Blake Martinez.
The next drive ended very quickly for the G-Men after Wayne Gallman muffed a handoff in the Giant’s side of the field. The Cowboys recovered the fumble on the Giants’ 27-yard line. However, the Giant’s defense would once again stand tall. A sack by Leonard Williams on third down made the Cowboys settle for three. Neither offense could get anything else going in the first, and the first quarter would end with the Giants up 6-3
Two Touchdowns in the Second
The Giants would score two touchdowns in the second quarter. The Giant’s drive got going after an unnecessary roughness penalty by Randy Gregory on an Alfred Morris five-yard run. That five-yard gain turned into 20 for the G-Men. The G-Men would march down the field, and Sterling Shepard would get in again on a catch and run 10-yard touchdown. The Giants would get the extra point, and the Giants would take a 13-3 lead. The Cowboy’s next drive would end with another field goal, this one a 40-yarder that Greg Zuerlein made look easy.
The G-Men would answer with another touchdown. Daniel Jones was on the money again on this drive. First finding Shepard for an 18 yard gain. And on the next play, Jones found Dante Pettis in the open field for a 33-yard touchdown giving the Giants a 20-6 lead with only 45 seconds to go. However, Andy Dalton and the Cowboys offense would use every second of those 45 seconds to get down the field and nail a long 57-yard field goal to end the half with the G-Men ahead 20-9.
Struggles in the Third
Big Blue couldn’t get anything going in the third quarter. The Giants would immediately turn the ball over on their second offensive play when a pass went right through Evan Engram’s hands and into the hands of Cowboys safety Donovan Wilson. The Cowboys would drive 62 yards on 10 plays. The Cowboys had their original touchdown called back after Amari Cooper was ruled down short of the endzone. Ezekiel Elliott would punch it in on the very next play to cut the G-Men lead to four.
The next Giants drive would be stalled after the refs called Sterling Shepard on a crackback block, which halted all momentum the G-Men created on that drive. The next pass went right through Evan Engram’s hands for his second drop of the game. The Giants would end up punting on that drive, and the Cowboys would add three on their next drive to cut the Giants lead to only one early in the fourth.
Roller Coaster Fourth Quarter
The fourth quarter started with the G-Men and Cowboys trading three and outs to start the fourth quarter. On 2nd and six on the Cowboys 42, Daniel Jones was sacked for a 10-yard loss. Knocking the Giants out of field goal ranger. However, on third down, Jones would find Dante Pettis for a 10-yard reception. However, replays following the catch showed that Pettis dropped the pass. Mike McCarthy chose not to challenge, and Graham Gano knocked home a 14-yard field goal to give the G-Men a 23-19 lead.
The Cowboys would get driving on their next drive needing a touchdown to keep their season alive. The Cowboys would get the ball down to their seven-yard line, and it looked almost certain that they would punch the ball in. However, Leonard Williams came up with a huge block to set the Cowboys back 14 yards to the Giants 17. Two plays later, a bad pass by Andy Dalton found the hands of Xavier McKinney, and the G-Men looked enroot to victory.
However, the game wasn’t over. On 2nd and five, Wayne Gallman would run for a first down but fumble the ball. Gallman alertly sat on the ball and was able to grab the fumble. And after a lengthy replay review, it was confirmed Gallman had possession of the ball. And the Giants were the winners over the Cowboys 23-19.
Eagles Win, Giants in
It is out of the Giant’s hands now. It all rests in the hands of Jalen Hurts and the Philadelphia Eagles. If the Eagles win, the G-Men will take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next weekend. If they lose, their season is over. But no matter what happens tonight, the Giants had a season of growth, and it’s only up from here.