The Cowboys are a much-ballyhooed 0-4 against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. TV experts are offering their usual brilliant insight, minutely examining every measurable data point of the won-loss record, and declaring the Giants “own” the Cowboys at home.
But these games have been wild, one-score affairs – three of which were contested down to the final possession; the other ending after a failed onsides kick. The average margin of victory has been just four points, suggesting the Giants don’t own squat. They’ve been good, but they’ve been lucky, too:
The Grand Opening – Sept. 20, 2009: Giants 33, Cowboys 31 – In the first NFL game played at AT&T Stadium, Eli Manning torched the Cowboys secondary for 330 yards, two touchdowns and a 110.6 QB rating.
Tony Romo had one of his worst statistical games as a pro, but he didn’t play as poorly as his line suggested. He threw three interceptions – one off of Patrick Crayton’s hands and another off Jason Witten’s heel (remember that?). When it came to crunch time, Romo engineered a 71-yard touchdown drive to give his team a 31-30 lead with 3:40 to play, and the defense failed to hold.
Why it hurt: Blew a fourth quarter lead to let a bitter division rival ruin the primetime debut of Jerryworld.
Lesson: The Giants won the turnover battle 4-0, but won the game by just two points on a last-second field goal; they simply weren’t the better team. Don’t read too much into who wins Sunday’s game, particularly if it’s another one-score affair – the better team has lost before in this rivalry.