The Giants-Cowboys score became an afterthought before long. Yet the Giants-Cowboys score was still quite large, although Dallas suffered the same old results either way. But the 41-35 New York victory wasn’t even that close, in more ways than one. Dallas got their first several points off of Eli Manning interceptions and a punt return, so their offensive attack didn’t have to do much. Once Tony Romo suffered a clavicle fracture, however, they had little chance to do much. As such, the game turned quickly for New York, making the final look closer than it really was.
Dallas was feeling confident early, as Eli Manning looked set to have one of his mistake-plagued games. Two interceptions and a Dez Bryant punt return for a touchdown put the home team ahead by 20-7. But although Bryant got his return in the second quarter, that same quarter also brought about far worse for Dallas.
The Giants-Cowboys score wasn’t determined by Romo’s clavicle fracture, but it opened the floodgates for New York. With Jon Kitna unable to do much in Romo’s stead, Manning got a chance to settle down.
After going down by 20-7, the Giants reeled off the next 31 points of the game. Three Manning touchdowns, a Brandon Jacobs run, and a 53-yard field goal made up the slaughter, as the Cowboys went down by as much as 38-20.
Although the score tightened to 41-35 at the end, Dallas finally got going when it was too late. They were outgained by almost 2-1, and barely got any first downs with Kitna until the fourth quarter. Even with the two late scores, nothing could erase the second and third quarters, the impact of Romo’s injury, or the reality of a 1-5 start.
If Dallas had won, they would have been at a more manageable 2-4, while everyone else in the NFC East would have been 4-3. Instead, New York has a clear lead in the division at 5-2, as Dallas is buried in the cellar at 1-5 without their star quarterback.
It is difficult to tell whether the Giants-Cowboys score would have been different if Romo didn’t get hurt. The defense had no excuse for their performance, and the Giants were outgaining the Cowboys anyway. Since Dallas could barely win with Romo standing, he might not have made that big of a difference.
But for the next 6-10 weeks, Dallas will find out just how different things are without Romo, as they struggle just to get back to mediocrity. Yet while the game all but ended the year for the home team, the visitors head into their bye week as division leaders – and perhaps leaders in the entire conference.
Yahoo Sports- “Romo breaks collarbone; Giants beat Cowboys 41-35”