The first Sunday night football of the new NFL season is in the books and the clash between the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys was certainly one to remember.
The match was always going to be highly anticipated after last year's showdown at MetLife Stadium where Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr arguably pulled off one of the greatest catches ever.
Not looking at the run
In the build up to the game, all eyes were on Beckham and the Cowboys' franchise tagged wide receiver Dez Bryant as a passing shoot-out was expected.
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There were questions over the running game for Dallas prior to the game but since in the aftermath all the questions have been aimed at the running game of the Giants.
Dallas got the 27-26 win thanks to a comeback drive in the final two minutes of the game, but today, a confession has emerged which obviously cost the Giants the game.
While Giants head coach Tom Coughlin has said that the blame for the loss needs to be put on him, quarterback Eli Manning now has to take his fair share after he made a shock admission.
Prior to Manning's questionable choice to pass on third down and stop the clock meaning the Cowboys would get the ball back with 1:37 left on the clock, there were two running plays.
On first and second down, Manning handed the ball off to runningback Rashad Jennings, little did we know.....
"I told (Rashad) not to score ... I thought we were on the same page, to try to get as close as possible, but not get into the end zone. I was wrong with that." - Manning's confession
A score from Jennings would obviously have stopped the clock and give the Cowboys more time but it would also have put the Giants up by two scores.
There were many questionable calls in the goal-line situation at the end of Sunday's game and Manning admitting that Jennings was told not to score will not help the Giants fans' hangovers today.
Off to a bad start
Opening the season with a loss is never a good thing for anyone in the NFL, but the Giants will be desperate to get their first win in week two against the Atlanta Falcons.
Very few are counting the Giants in the conversation for the NFC East division title so to start their season with a divisional loss is not the best way to start.
Giants fans will be hoping that by the time their next divisional match rolls around against the Washington Redskins in week three, they will have a win under their belts.
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