The New York Giants looked like they were going to pull the upset last night over the Dallas Cowboys. The Giants were up 23-20 with less than 2 min left and had the ball 1st and goal at the 4 yard line. On 1st and 2nd down the giants handed the ball off to running back Rashad Jennings, but he couldn’t get into the end zone and the Cowboys used their final timeout.
Now the Giants had the ball, 3rd and goal at the 1 yard line. The obvious thing would’ve been to run the football because even if the Giants didn’t score it would’ve kept the clock ticking since the Cowboys were out of timeouts. Apparently the Giants took a play out of the Seahawks playbook and decided to pass the ball. They threw an incomplete pass, stopping the clock with about 1:37 left in the game and kicked a field goal on 4th down to go up 26-20.
If Giants would’ve ran the ball Tony Romo and the Cowboys would’ve only had about 40 seconds and no timeouts to score, but instead Romo had 90 seconds to move the ball down the field. Even if they were set on throwing the ball, Eli should have known not to just throw the ball away. If the play wasn’t there he should have just taken a sack to kill more clock. Inexcusable for a veteran.
Tony Romo used all the added time the Giants gave him and led the Cowboys down the field on a 6 play, 72 yard drive that ended with a Jason Witten touchdown which led to a final score of Cowboys 27 Giants 26. They completed that drive without their best player, Dez Bryant, who injured his foot in the game and will be out for 4-6 weeks.
Earlier today Giants running back, Rashad Jennings, told reporters that he had specific instructions to not score on 1st and 2nd down to milk more of the clock. Jennings said he was tempted to score anyway but he didn’t want to be “that guy”, so he followed instructions. Giants would’ve been up by 10 points had they scored a touchdown, so I don’t understand their logic at all. Then again this is coming from a team that just had their best defensive player blow his finger off on 4th of July. Thankfully for the Giants, it’s early in the season and they can fix mental mistakes like that.