Can we get a bucket of stain remover delivered to AT&T Stadium, please?
After Sunday night’s win over the G-Men, I for one, am ready to wipe away all traces of the autograph Eli Manning left lo those many years ago after the Giants handed Dallas a loss on the first night Jerry’s World was open for football business in front of a national tv audience.
In a turnover fest that saw the “D” return to Dallas the Cowboys finally had their way with their division rivals and started the 2013 season off with a proverbial bang. The curse that had hung over the Cowboys home turf ever since the Giants christened then Cowboys Stadium with a loss has been lifted. Hallelujah!
Does this mean that some more dark clouds will be parted in 2013? Could it be that the bounces that seemed to always go in the opponents favor and the season finale flops are behind us?
Maybe I’m being a little to giddy and yes, I know it is only week one of what is sure to be a long and grueling season, but it was nice to see the Cowboys finish a game instead of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory as they have been doing so often lately.
The most impressive part of the game for this Cowboys fan has to be the play of the defense whose mantra for the night seemed to be ‘bend but don’t break.’ Despite allowing Mr. Manning some rather gaudy numbers and keeping fans on the edge of their seats as they watched Eli and Company execute two long touchdown drives to cut the deficit to six points in the fourth quarter, corner Brandon Carr put the final nail in the Giants coffin by intercepting a Manning pass and taking it 49 yards to the house. The Giants were left facing a plane ride home with a grumpy coach and a lot of questions to be addressed before they face the Denver Broncos in week two.
Interestingly enough, running back DeMarco Murray can be credited with one of the most important defensive plays of the night. After New York free safety Ryan Mundy intercepted a Romo pass in the second quarter, Murray gave chase and was able to haul him down at the one yard line. The Dallas defense then forced the Giants to kick a field goal and stemmed the tide of momentum going into the half.
As for the Dallas offense, a scary moment occurred in the second quarter when Tony Romo was sandwiched between two Giants defenders and left the field visibly wincing. Another frightening fact as the Cowboys prepare to play the Kansas City Chiefs has to be the continued struggles of the Dallas running attack. Much of the fourth quarter drama could have been avoided if the Cowboys would have been able to grind out a few first downs and deny the Giants another crack at the football.
No need to dwell on the negative, though. The Cowboys have an opening week win and all is right with the world. Amen!