Cowboys Opener: Lessons From Four Giant Losses

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The Finger – Oct. 28, 2012: Giants 29, Cowboys 24 – Tony Romo capped an improbable 23-point comeback when he hit Dez Bryant on a 37-yard touchdown pass to win the game with just 10 seconds left on the clock… Except he didn’t. Replay showed he missed it by a finger. I didn’t provide a link to that one. Too soon…

Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch in the end zone in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Bryant was ruled out of bounds on the play. The Giants beat the Cowboys 29-24. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Just two minutes into the second quarter, the Giants were up 23-0 after three Romo picks. Late in the third quarter, Romo hit TE John Phillips on a 1-yard touchdown pass and the Cowboys blew minds across the country by taking a 24-23 lead.

The Giants kicked two field goals in the fourth quarter, the second coming after a Felix Jones fumble near midfield. Down by six with 3:30 to play, Romo drove the Cowboys to the Giants 17-yard-line. The drive, and seemingly the game, ended when the line collapsed and Romo forced a pick on 4th-and-1 with a minute to play.

Miraculously, the Dallas defense held: Three running plays, three timeouts, and a punt. Romo got the ball back on his own 30 with 44 seconds to go. He drove the team to the Giants’ 37-yard-line and found Bryant in the back of the endzone on his 60th pass attempt of the game. Except he didn’t…

Why it hurt: Nope. Too soon…

Lesson: I must have given up on the Cowboys winning this game a half a dozen times from kickoff to final whistle. I’ll never doubt again. With Tony Romo at quarterback, this team is never out of the game.

Luck has a way of evening out over time; the pendulum always swings back. The law of averages suggests the Cowboys are due for some breaks in this rivalry; karma suggests they’re due in a big way. This isn’t a prediction, but don’t be shocked if the margin this Sunday is three scores, and the ‘Boys follow these four Giant losses with a giant season-opening win.

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