Romo Steamrolls Giants’ Defense in 45-35 win!
The Wade Phillips Era got of to a good start Sunday night as the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants 45-35 in a wild shootout.
Although the Cowboys dropped down 6-0 early on a 60-yard pass to Plaxico Burress from Eli Manning, they recovered and led the rest of the way.
Trailing 6-3 early in the 2nd Quarter and going for it on 4th and 1 on the Giants 18, Romo gave it to Marion Barber III who got to the right sideline and dove into the end zone for the touchdown to give the Cowboys a 10-6 lead. The very next drive Romo led the Cowboys down the field and hit Jason Witten for a 12-yard score to give the Cowboys a 17-6 lead with 17 unanswered points. However, the Giants fought back, making it 17-16 by halftime.
The 2nd Half became The Tony Romo Show, as he torched the fatigued Giants defense. The first drive coming out of halftime, he completed a 6 play drive that ended in a 22-yard T.O. circus catch for a TD to give the Cowboys some breathing room and a 24-16 lead.
After the Giants tacked on a field goal, Romo scrambled for 9 yards and a Dallas TD to give the Cowboys a 31-19 lead. The Giants would then tack on another field goal to make it a 9 point game at 31-22.
The Cowboys all but put the game away in the 4th Quarter after Romo found a wide open Terrell Owens for a 47-yard TD to give Dallas a 38-22 lead. New York struck back with 2 quick TD’s, one to Ward and one to Burress to cut the "Boys lead to 38-35 with a little over 4 minutes to play.
Romo then proceeded to cap off his career night by throwing a 51-yard strike to Sam Hurd to put the Cowboys up 45-35 over the Giants and put the game away.
"We know we can’t give up 35 points every game and expect to win," Phillips said. "But we scored more than they did. You have to play well enough to win the game and we did that. All I know is that we were up 10 points with two minutes left and we were kneeling the ball."
Tony Romo finished the night completing 15 of 24 passes for 345 yards with 5 TD’s including 1 rushing with 1 INT. Give this man his contract extension already.
"I think he showed what he can do," said Wade Phillips, who joined Barry Switzer and Chan Gailey as just the third head coach in Cowboys history to win his coaching debut. "(But) he practices like that. He’s very accurate throwing the football. Tony did a good job of finding who was open."
Julius Jones rushed for 66 yards on 16 attempts while Marion Barber III carried the ball 11 times for 65 yards and a touchdown. He also caught a pass for 29 yards.
Wide Receivers and tight ends for the Cowboys had a big night. Jason Witten caught 6 balls for 116 yards and a TD, Terrell Owens had 3 receptions for 87 yards and 2 TD’s, Partick Crayton caught 3 passes for 51 yards, and Sam Hurd caught a pass for 51 yards and a TD.
Nick Folk only attempted 1 FG. He connected on it from 31 yards out.
Injuries were numerous in this game, especially for the Giants. Eli, Osi Umenyiora, and Brandon Jacobs all left the game with injuries. Cowboys nose tackle Jason Ferguson tore his right bicep and will be out for the season unfortunately.
This was a very entertaining game. The secondary needs some work but hopefully Terence Newman can help that out by coming back next week if he can. This was a huge division win and a great way to start the season. Looking forward to next week’s game. Our next victim: The Miami Dolphins.
HOW ‘BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!!