The New York Giants gave up six turnovers as they threw, and fumbled, away the game to the Dallas Cowboys, losing 36-31 in yesterday's late game.
The Giants' season got off to a dire start - their first three drives of the game ended with the Dallas defence either picking them off or forcing a fumble.
On the first play of the game Eli Manning's pass to running back David Wilson, starting in-place of the injured Andre Brown, was picked off by DeMarcus Ware at the Giants 15. Dan Bailey nailed a 30 yard field goal as the Dallas stalled.
On their next drive, Manning hit Hakeem Nicks for a 57 yard pass and got the Giants into the redzone. Wilson then coughed up the ball on the Dallas 8 as the Giants start got worse and worse.
After the Giants D managed to stuff Dallas' offence, Eli was picked off again, this time Reuben Randle was the intended target.
To cap off a miserable first quarter, the Giants picked off Tony Romo and returned it to the Dallas 1 yard line, where Eli got sacked and lost 10 yards, meaning the Giants had to settle for a field goal.
Dallas led 13-10 at the half. Another field goal and a 15 yard TD for Dallas Tight End, Jason Witten gave them the edge but the Giants finished the half with the momentum. Manning found Victor Cruz who took the ball in for a huge-70 yard TD, the first of three for Cruz.
The Giants dipped in the third though. Wilson fumbled again and Barry Church recovered it and returned it for a 27 yard TD. Wilson was benched at this point as Da'Rel Scott took over RB duties for New York.
A muffed punt for the Giants, led to Witten scoring his second TD of the game - a 4 yard catch.
Two TDs for Cruz, including the go-ahead score in the fourth, gave the Giants hope they could salvage the game.
However, the Cowboys weren't done and a tipped pass from Manning found it's way into the arms of Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr who took the ball into the end-zone for the game winning touchdown.
A late TD drive from the Giants wasn't enough as Brandon Myers reeled in a 4 yard pass with 0:11 left to close the game.
Giants coach, Tom Coughlin, rued his team's mistakes after the game calling it "sloppy, sloppy football," and saying, "you're not going to win the game turning the ball over five times and muffing a punt."
For Dallas it was a great start to the season. Their offence looked comfortable (Romo 2 TDs and 1 INT on a tipped pass, Murrary 86 rushing yards, no fumbles) and their defence excelled as they look to top a difficult NFC East division and reach the playoffs for the first time in three years.
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