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On Sunday night, Tony Romo will become the first Cowboys quarterback to start three times against the Giants in Week 1. Respectively, Eli Manning will be the first Giants quarterback to start three times against the Cowboys in Week 1 matchups.

Tony Romo is 4-2 in Week 1 starts (’07 Giants, ’08 Browns, ’09 Buccaneers, ’12 Giants). Eli Manning is 4-4 (’05 Cardinals, ’08 Redskins, ’09 Redskins, ’10 Panthers).

Tony Romo has started 13 games against the Giants, including playoffs, with his 
longest streak being 5 games three separate times (12/11/11-09/08/13). Troy Aikman has not only started the most games against the Giants with 22, but he also holds the longest streak of consecutive games with 18 from 1989-1997.

Jan 1, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) scrambles out of the pocket during the first half against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. New York Giants defeat the Dallas Cowboys 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

The last time Justin Tuck sacked Tony Romo in his own stadium was in Texas Stadium on 12/14/08.

Not since the days of Troy Aikman has a Cowboys quarterback started for more than five consecutive Opening Days. As Tony Romo makes his seventh Opening Day start, here’s a look at Cowboys quarterback Opening Day records:

Troy Aikman: 8-4

Roger Staubach: 7-0

Craig Morton: 5-0

Danny White: 5-2

Tony Romo: 4-2

Don Meredith: 3-2-1

Gary Hogeboom: 1-0

Steve Pelluer: 0-1

Eddie LeBaron: 1-1

Drew Bledsoe: 1-1

Vinny Testaverde: 0-1

Quincy Carter: 0-3



Along with Eli Manning’s perfect 4-0 record in AT&T Stadium, he holds a 91.8 passer rating.

One of Eli Manning’s four 400+ yard performances happened in AT&T Stadium in Week 14 of 2011 when Manning led the Giants to a 37-34 comeback win.

3/4 of Eli Manning’s wins in AT&T Stadium have been fourth quarter comebacks. Only two other quarterbacks have fourth quarter comebacks in AT&T Stadium: Drew Brees (2010) and Matt Stafford (2011).

Since 2004, the Dallas Cowboys have featured five different starting quarterbacks, while the Giants have featured only two, and both were Super Bowl MVP’s. The other quarterback is Kurt Warner who played for the Giants only in 2004.

Sunday will be Eli Manning’s 16th straight game against the Cowboys, including
 playoffs. He is third-most in NFC East history with starts against Dallas. Joe Theismann leads with 17 consecutive starts, including playoffs. Sonny Jurgensen has the most starts against the Dallas Cowboys with 22.

Eli Manning’s worst ever quarterback rating in a victory (27.9) came against the Dallas Cowboys on 12/4/05.

Against the Tampa 2 defense, which the Cowboys now play, Eli Manning has a 9-5 record with a 74.9 passer rating. He averages (rounding to whole numbers) 18/31 for 196 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT and being sacked 2 times.

Monte Kiffin is 0-2 against Eli Manning having faced him in the regular season (10/29/06) and the postseason (01/06/08). In both outings, Kiffin’s defense was unable to force a turnover against Eli Manning or the Giants offense.

In a similar vein, Rod Marinelli, Cowboys defensive line coach, is 0-2 against Eli Manning as Detroit’s head coach (11/18/07) and Chicago’s defensive coordinator (10/03/10). The only turnover Marinelli’s defenses forced was a sack-fumble in th 10/03/10 contest.

Since 2005, when Eli Manning became the Giants’ full time starting quarterback, his second-worst and fourth-worst passer ratings came against Tampa 2 defenses: ’06 Bears (28.3) and ’07 Vikings (33.8).

The last time the Cowboys and Giants met in Week 1 in Dallas, the Cowboys knocked out Eli Manning and forced Jared Lorenzen to finish the contest.

Since 2005, when both Manning brothers became starting quarterbacks in the NFL, only on two occasions have both the Manning boys won on Opening Day: 2005 and 2009.

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