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SERIES FACTS

Since 1990, when the NFL presented the playoff formats used today, 29 out of the 276 playoff teams — 10.5 percent — have had 5-5 records.
The Dallas Cowboys have fielded five 5-5 teams: 1974, 1987, 1997, 1999, and 2012. Only the 1999 team qualified for the playoffs at 8-8.
The Dallas Cowboys are 1-4 on the road this season. The 1988, 1989, 1990, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, and 2004 Cowboys had similar road records. Only the ’99 Cowboys (8-8) qualified for the playoffs.

The Dallas Cowboys did not play the Giants in the Meadowlands in the years 1993, 2004, or 2011. Instead, they played them twice in the years 1994, 2005, and 2012 due to the respective seasons not concluding in their respective years (i.e. regular season games in January).

The New York Giants sit at 4-6 with some wondering if the club can repeat another late season run emblematic of their Super Bowl seasons. Going back to 2005, here is a look at how the Giants were with six games to go and how they fared:

2005 (7-3) — 4-2

2006 (6-4) — 2-4

2007 (7-3) — 3-3

2008 (9-1) — 3-3

2009 (6-4) — 2-4

2010 (6-4) — 4-2

2011 (6-4) — 3-3

2012 (6-4) — 3-3

 

Although the 2012 Washington Redskins were 4-6 en route to winning the NFC East, since 1990, only 3% of the 276 qualifying teams for the playoffs were 4-6.

Dallas has beaten the Giants in the first game a total of 26 times. Out of those 26 times, Dallas has completed the sweep 16 times (I’m not counting ‘07 as a sweep because it turned out to be a 3-game series). Out of those 16, Dallas has won on the road 10 times to start out the sweep. The only instance where Dallas has not been able to complete the sweep after winning the first one on the road was in 1972.

Going back to 2004, when Coughlin took over, the Giants get swept each time they give up the first game. The only instances where they didn’t were in 2005 and 2012. In 2005, the Giants defeated the Cowboys in a rematch at Giants Stadium. In 2012, the Giants defeated the Cowboys in a rematch at Cowboys Stadium.

Compare that to the Cowboys who, going back to 2004, have had 14 instances where they have lost the first encounter and needed to win the second game to stave off a sweep. Dallas won 7 of those encounters, and thus prevented a division sweep 7 times.

Sept 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant (88) makes a catch against New York Giants cornerback Corey Webster (23) during the first half at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

Going back to 2004, the Cowboys have had 13 chances to sweep a division rival, and they have completed the task 6 times. None of those times have come against the Giants (remember: I’m not counting 2007):

2004: Washington – W-W
2005: Philadelphia – W-W
2005: New York – W-L
2006: Washington – W-L
2007: Philadelphia – W-L
2007: Washington – W-L
2007: New York – W-W-L
2008: Philadelphia – W-L
2009: Washington – W-W
2009: Philadelphia – W-W-W
2011: Washington – W-W
2012: Philadelphia – W-W
2012: New York – W-L

Conversely, since 2004, the New York Giants have been threatened by a sweep 9 times. Only 4/9 have they been swept:

2004: Philadelphia – L-L
2005: Dallas – L-W
2007: Dallas – L-L-W
2009: Philadelphia – L-L
2010: Philadelphia – L-L
2011: Washington – L-L
2012: Philadelphia – L-W
2012: Dallas – L-W
2013: Philadelphia: L-W

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a bye week. The Cowboys are 16-8 after the bye week.

The Dallas Cowboys are coming off of a bye butted in between two road games. Here is how the Cowboys have done in such instances:

1995: W-W
1998: L-W
2000: W-L
2002: L-L
2003: W-W
2008: L-W

Last week, the New York Giants dispatched the Green Bay Packers 27-13. Dallas Cowboys opponents during Dallas’ bye are now 11-10. Among those 11 teams, only 4/11 were able to beat Dallas to sustain a winning streak: ’00 Giants, ’04 Giants, ’11 Patriots, and ’12 Ravens.

In pre-Thanksgiving Day games, the Dallas Cowboys are an all-time 29-15. Here are the results broken down by decade:

1960’s: 2-2
1970’s: 6-2
1980’s: 5-5
1990’s: 6-4
2000’s: 7-3
2010’s: 2-0

The Dallas Cowboys have gone on the road before Thanksgiving only 22 times since 1966, when the NFL awarded Dallas a Thanksgiving game. The Cowboys are 11-11 in pre-Thanksgiving Day road games. One of those losses occurred against the New York Giants in 1996.

The Dallas Cowboys are 228-218-6 all-time outdoors. Against the New York Giants outdoors, they are 30-29-2.

The Dallas Cowboys are 13-11 against the New York Giants in November.

The Dallas Cowboys’ longest game in real time was three hours, twenty-six minutes in Week 8 in Detroit. Here is a list of the Cowboys’ real time game durations this season:

Week 1 – NY Giants at Dallas – 3:13
Week 2 – Dallas at Kansas City – 3:09
Week 3 – St. Louis at Dallas – 2:53
Week 4 – Dallas at San Diego – 3:02
Week 5 – Denver at Dallas – 3:13
Week 6 – Washington at Dallas – 3:08
Week 7 – Dallas at Philadelphia – 3:24
Week 8 – Dallas at Detroit – 3:26
Week 9 – Minnesota at Dallas – 3:06
Week 10 – Dallas at New Orleans – 3:13

The New York Giants’ longest game in real time was three hours, twenty-seven minutes. Here is a list of the Giants’ real time game durations this season:

Week 1 – NY Giants at Dallas – 3:13
Week 2 – Denver at NY Giants – 3:20
Week 3 – NY Giants at Carolina – 3:08
Week 4 – NY Giants at Kansas City – 3:13
Week 5 – Philadelphia at NY Giants – 3:27
Week 6 – NY Giants at Chicago – 2:52
Week 8 – Minnesota at NY Giants – 3:10
Week 9 – NY Giants at Philadelphia – 2:53
Week 10 – Oakland at NY Giants – 2:49
Week 11 – Green Bay at NY Giants – 2:45

The New York Giants are currently 4-6 against the NFC East after 10 games played in MetLife Stadium. Among active venues in the NFC East, this is the worst record after the first 10 games. Here are the results:

FedEx Field (1997): 6-3-1
Lincoln Financial Field (2003): 6-4
AT&T Stadium (2009): 5-5
MetLife Stadium (2010): 4-6

The New York Giants hold a 1-2 record against the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium. It is the 2nd-worst record against a divisional foe in their home venue. The worst record is against the Philadelphia Eagles with a 1-3 record.

Due to the 1982 NFL Strike, the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants never played each other.

This is the 16th time the Giants will be the first NFC East series the Dallas Cowboys finish on the season. The Eagles’ 16 times ties the Giants for top spot in this category.

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