Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) reacts after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys: On The Joys Of Beating New York


Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) reacts after sacking New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (not pictured) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. The Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll admit, I didn’t think it would happen.

I might have written an article last week about how I was keeping the faith. I might have spent this entire season talking about the positive things that were going on with the Dallas Cowboys. But after that butt-kicking at the hands of the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago, my hope was running low going into the game on Sunday.

It was the New York Giants, that terrible, horrible, 80′s horror movie villain of a team that just doesn’t die.

And it was the Cowboys. The perennial let down.

But here we are, on the other side of Dallas Cowboys 24 – New York Giants 21.

The word satisfying doesn’t do it justice.

This game was vindication. This game was sweetness. This game was what the season needed. I don’t care if it was against a bad team.

Some might think that I’m overreacting. And I couldn’t blame them for that. I’ve already argued that one bad loss does not make a season. The same can be argued about a great win.

But I don’t care. I’m going to enjoy this one. It was just that good.

The defense, after being historically embarrassed, came out and got the job done. My favorite rookie (Jeff Heath) came up with a TD fumble recovery to make up for three weeks of “welcome to the NFL” moments. Dez and Romo lead a game winning drive. Coughlin was waving his arms like a kid throwing a temper tantrum. Eli Manning was sad. My new favorite picture was taken.

The Cowboys may only be tied for first place in the NFC East, but I have no doubt in their ability to win the division.

Two weeks ago everyone wanted to talk about 40 first downs. This week, they should be talking about 4-0. That’s the Cowboys record against their divisional opponents this year.

Any game in the NFL is tough, but fans who have watched for a long time know the gravity placed on divisional games. This isn’t basketball where rivalries are made up and divisional titles don’t matter. The first goal on every NFL team’s checklist at the beginning of the year is to be the best in their group. After last night’s game, Dallas is well positioned to accomplish just that.

I believe Jason Garrett deserves the majority of the credit for getting them to this point.

This is a coach who has preached consistency and levelheadedness since he took charge. The fact that the Cowboys were able to put the New Orleans game behind them and beat the Giants (riding a 4-game win streak) in their own house is a testament to  his philosophy.

I know this won’t change the majority view point. Fans will continue to complain that Garrett is too soft, too boring. A puppet at use for Jerry Jones’ amusement. And they are more than entitled to that view point.

But I believe he is the coach to turn this thing around. He has a plan, and the players believe in it.

It’s the reason the Cowboys won last night.

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  • SmartThinking

    One winning game does not a season make. There’s still plenty of football to play this season and lots of time for Dallas to either forge themselves into the NFC East Division Champions or be just another palooka of a team.

    But, hey. All that being said, yesterday’s win in New York was a sweet victory over a team that has bullied Dallas for years.

    Today, enjoy the victory. Tomorrow, begin making sure Oakland doesn’t get any bright ideas.

    • Big D Fan

      I wouldn’t say the Giants bully the Cowboys at all. A constant thorn in the side yes, but not a team that comes and constantly imposes their will

  • texasaaa

    We want to believe… But do we have a choice? No, it’s forced on is by JJ.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Good article. Too bad a lot of fans don’t believe in Garrett. However, I don’t believe it is so much Garrett’s coaching as it is fans who want change the second things don’t go well. I have been a Cowboy fan since 1962. I have noted that young people today want instant gratification and just can’t see the forest for the trees.