Giants 41, Cowboys 35: The Morning After

'Kudos & Wet Willies' will be up later, once I have had the opportunity to review the game. For now, some morning after reactions to the New York Giants 41-35 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday Night Football.

Time to 'celebrate' a big, strange win
The Giants turned the ball over five times last night and they let up a 93-yard punt return for a touchdown. Add in surrendering 15 points in the fourth quarter and that’s pretty much a textbook formula for how to lose a game.

And yet they won - - more convincingly over the now-dead Dallas Cowboys than the 41-35 final score would indicate. Given the circumstances, it was pretty remarkable, especially since they had to crawl out of a 20-7 hole.

How do you explain it?

"Celebrate the wins," Tom Coughlin said. "That’s all I can tell you."

Actually, eventually Coughlin was able to say a little more.

"The way we came back tonight, to show the mental toughness, for us to be able to find our way," said Tom Coughlin, "it does say a lot for our players."

New York Giants take control of NFC East with thumping of Dallas and effectively end Cowboys' season
New York is not only a football town once again after the Yankees were eliminated across the street from Jerry Jones' palace a couple of nights ago, but it is a two-team football town.

The baseball season is over, and the Jets had the weekend off, so the Giants had the stage to themselves Monday night and made a strong statement with their wild 41-35 victory over Dallas: They could be the team that emerges in what is a down year in the NFC.

At the very least, they have taken control of the NFC East at 5-2 with a one-game lead on the Eagles and Redskins. And they effectively ended the Cowboys' season.

Cowboys' season is broken beyond repair - NFL - Yahoo! Sports
The Giants delivered a death blow to the Cowboys and it's time for Jerry Jones to change direction.

Putting the nail in Dallas' coffin - NYPOST.com
The Giants planted a Big Blue tombstone in the center of Jerry Jones' crown jewel of a stadium: R.I.P. 2010 Dallas Cowboys.

Giants' Jacobs gets happy feat: Dancin' on the star - NYPOST.com
Brandon Jacobs hates the Cowboys. So try to imagine what it must have been like for him after shedding a pair of marshmallow tackles from defeated Cowboy defenders on his way to the 30-yard touchdown run that buried the 'Boys.

Try to imagine what it must have been like for him when he looked down, and there at his happy feet sat the famous blue star inside the famous silver helmet in the right corner of the end zone.

How could the big man not dance on that star?

"I saw it, I'm like, 'I'm gonna get in there and perform,' " Jacobs said. "The one in the middle was too far away, so I was already tired."

Despite another win, Giants coach Tom Coughlin not pleased with tipped passes by his WRs | NJ.com
The two interceptions marked the sixth and seventh picks to bounce off the hands of Giants receivers this season.

"I didn’t like the beginning," Coughlin said when asked about the wide receivers. "We had two tipped balls for interceptions again. I thought we were going to go back to the start of the season. Thank God we overcame it."

The first five of the season were more the fault of quarterback Eli Manning’s targets, but these latest two were at least partly his fault.

The first one was a high pass for Smith. The deflected ball was picked off by Cowboys corner Terence Newman, who had dropped an interception on the previous play. Newman returned the pick to the Giants’ 5-yard line and the Cowboys scored a touchdown two plays later.

On a third-and-7 on the Giants’ next series, Manning threw for Nicks, who had the ball bounce off his hands and into the grasp of safety Gerald Sensabaugh. That throw was a bit high as well, but it was certainly more catchable than the one to Smith.

Giants LB Michael Boley said Romo let out a little scream when he hit the ground
"When he hit the ground, I heard he let out a little scream," Boley said. "So I knew something was up. But I didn’t think he was going to lay down. I thought it was just a normal hit. After I got up and started running, I looked back after the play was over and he was still down. … Anytime somebody gets hurt, in this league, you hate to see people get hurt. There have been a lot of injuries over the past month, and that you hate to see. I wish him the best."

G. Wilkinson breaks left hand - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
Giants linebacker and special teamer Gerris Wilkinson said he broke his left hand during the Giants' 41-35 win.

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