The old saying “turn out the lights” took on a new meaning yesterday as the Dallas Cowboys pulled a monumental 33-20 upset over the 14-point favorite New York Giants at the “new swamplands” in New Jersey.
Jon Kitna threw for over three hundred yards and 3 TD’s, rookie free agent Bryan McCann returned an interception for 101 yards, rookie Dez Bryant caught three passes for 104 yards and a touchdown, and Jason Garrett received the game ball in his first game as head coach.
Midway through the second half with the Cowboys in the lead, the Meadowlands main transformer blew, leaving sixty thousand fans in the dark. Instead of an ensuing panic, the patrons reacted calmly by quietly drinking their beers.
When the lights came back on, nothing had changed─ the Cowboys were still winning.
The question is this: How can a team that has looked so bad all season suddenly play like this?
You have the same players (as a matter of fact both starting corners were out of the game─Jenkens and Newman), the same offense and defense, and a new coach. Did the Cowboys have a “come to Jesus” meeting before the game? I don’t get it. What inspired these guys to play like their careers depended on it?
So goes the NFL. If you’re a gambler, I feel sorry for you.