While every game means something in a sixteen week race to the playoffs, certain games mean a little more. Divisional games certainly mean more. If it just so happens to be against a team who talks all week about what they are going to do, well then, that adds even a bit more to the pot. In a game that both the Cowboys and Giants desperately needed, one team talked the talk but the other walked the walk. Dallas left Met Life Stadium with the three things that the Giants could only wish to have: a win, the divisional lead and aspirations of playing in January.
Here is this week’s “Game Balls and Close Calls” as we laud this week’s top performers and look back at the key moments that contributed to the victory over the Giants.
OFFENSIVE GAME BALL
Honorable Mention: Dez Bryant, Jason Witten
This was not about overwhelming statistics or breathtaking plays. This was about answering the bell every time it was necessary. Any time the Giants seemed to do something right, Romo had an answer. When the Giants would march down the field and come away with a field goal, Romo would have the Dallas offense reply with a touchdown. When the Giants managed to tie the game, he answered with a game-winning drive to put the Cowboys in a position for an easy field goal. His only “mistake” came when his receiver could not reel in a very easy ball to catch. Romo was everything you would want your quarterback to be, especially when it mattered the most. For a guy who gets killed in the media and even within the fan base, it is quite simple. If you are going to bash the guy for any and everything, give him credit when he comes through like he did Sunday with the same ferocity.
Bryant ended the game with nine catches for 102 yards and while he did not reach the end zone, over half of his catches went for first downs. Witten had just his fourth multi-touchdown game of his career but ironically, his second of the season, both coming against the Giants.