New York Giants News and Notes: Holy Crap Did That Just Happen Edition

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11: Dan Bailey #5 of the Dallas Cowboys misses a field goal late in the fourth quarter that was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Good morning fellow Giants fans. I come to you this morning on very few hours of sleep, but insomnia sure doesn't bother me when the Giants win in thrilling fashion like they did Sunday night. Something was nagging me in the back of my mind--having watched Tim Tebow work his magic yet again, I had this belief that anything could happen. But I also had this sneaking suspicion that we were going to pull this one out--and by we I mean Eli Manning and Jason Pierre-Paul. Cris Collinsworth annoys the snot out of me, but when he said something about the fact that JPP had better be in the Pro Bowl or it will be criminal, it was the smartest thing he's ever said about Big Blue. Number 90 was electric, having a sick nose for the ball like we haven't seen a Giants' player have in a long time. And then there was Manning, who seemingly could orchestrate a successful two-minute drive in his sleep. I believe I could ramble for an hour, but let's see what else is being said the morning after the G-men took control of the NFC East....

D'Alessandro: Once again, Eli Manning masters Texas shootout as Giants defeat Cowboys | NJ.com
Yes, well. Is there anything else Eli can wreck before he leaves town? If this doesn’t settle the argument in the NFC East, if this isn’t the one that makes Eli Manning the most hated guy in Texas since Sam Houston opposed separation from the Union, then football isn’t quite as important as we thought it was around here. There is no adequate way to describe what the Giants managed to accomplish here after trailing by 12 points with 5:41 to play, other than to say that this should change a lot of opinions with regard to whether Tom Coughlin’s team can handle a gut check when the entire season is riding on it. And there’s no longer an adequate description for Manning’s fourth-quarter genius, which tore the hearts out of 96,000 witnesses last night, who have had the same lesson pounded into their skulls so many times before.

Tom Coughlin saves season and possibly his job with timeout to ice Dallas kicker Dan Bailey - NY Daily News
Tom Coughlin saved the Giants season and may have saved his job with the best timeout of his coaching career. It ended the Giants’ demoralizing four-game losing streak, put them back in control of the NFC East with three weeks to go and set off a wild party deep in the heart of Cowboys Stadium late Sunday night.

Cardiac Giants Pull Off Another Comeback - WSJ.com
Some seven hours before the end of this miracle in JerryWorld, Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul took to Twitter. He said he was feeling good, he said it couldn't get better than this NFC East title tilt and he told his followers, "hop on the train JPP coming." And then he played like a steam engine that could—one that's somehow still driving this crazy New York Giants season.

NY Giants save season with win over Dallas Cowboys as Eli Manning puts together comeback, Jason Pierre-Paul blocks tying FG - NY Daily News
The Comeback Quarterback did it again when he led the Giants to their most important come-from-behind win of the season. Manning led the Giants to two touchdowns in three minutes, 14 seconds, including the go-ahead Brandon Jacobs TD run with 46 seconds remaining, to lift Big Blue over the Dallas Cowboys, 37-34.

NY Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw sits out first half for violating team rules, Brandon Jacobs runs wild - NY Daily News
It could have been disastrous. And Ahmad Bradshaw was glad that it wasn’t. In the biggest game of the Giants’ season, Bradshaw, the team’s most dangerous runner, was stuck on the sidelines during the first half. Bradshaw had violated team rules, and as punishment, he sat out the first half of Sunday’s 37-34 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium.

I know many of you were going crazy in the game thread about his benching. I was, too. I get the whole discipline thing which had been a TC trademark, but Coughlin was sticking his neck out on the decision to bench Bradshaw for an entire half in one of the biggest regular season games the Giants have played in recent memory.

Dallas Cowboys' DeMarco Murray suffers fractured right ankle, likely done for season - ESPN New York
If the Dallas Cowboys are to rebound from a two-game losing streak and make a push for the playoffs, it will have to come without their leading rusher. Rookie running back DeMarco Murray suffered a season-ending fractured right ankle to go with a high right ankle sprain on a first-quarter carry in the Cowboys' 37-34 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday night. According to a source, Murray will require surgery

Nobody wants to see something like this happen. Here's hoping this kid will be back to full strength next season.

Breakdowns in secondary against Dallas Cowboys remain a problem for NY Giants - NY Daily News
Yes, the Giants’ secondary left Cowboys Stadium with a 37-34 victory, as Big Blue regained its spot atop the NFC East. But the secondary made a series of dangerous mistakes that forced Eli Manning to make another late comeback. And Antrel Rolle knew that the victory could easily have been a fifth straight loss.

Well, yeah, and then there is that. Whether it's injuries, blown assignments, poor defensive game plan, or just a horrible lack of execution, the secondary keeps putting pressure on Manning and the offense. And it's really bad when you almost have to rely on the other team screwing up in order to get a three and out. Of course, we will all take the win.

Jason Pierre-Paul continues to cause havoc in Giants win over Cowboys | NJ.com
On the block, Pierre-Paul showed just how relentless he could be. Before coach Tom Coughlin called timeout, Pierre-Paul had been stuffed by the Cowboys line. So he took a different path.

Rapid Reaction: Giants 37, Cowboys 34 - Giants Blog - ESPN New York
This was a game the Giants had to have, and Manning carried them to victory. He erased a 34-22 lead with another fourth-quarter comeback and now the Giants control their playoff fate. If they win out, they are in the playoffs. With at least two more wins, including a victory in the season finale against Dallas, the Giants will win the NFC East.

That was one step of four, indeed.

Eli Manning, Giants put Cowboys on ice – Audibles
A game that featured 71 total points, nearly 1,000 yards of offense and enough defensive breakdowns to last a season came down to one kick. Well … make that two kicks.

Despite 'tough loss,' Tony Romo says: 'You have to put your head down and keep playing games' | Dallas Cowboys Blog | Sports News | News for Dallas, Texas | The Dallas Morning News
Tony Romo admitted Sunday night what many were already thinking after the Cowboys blew a 12-point fourth-quarter lead with less than six minutes remaining -- a 37-34 loss to the New York Giants brought something a little extra. It brought a different kind of hurt and sting.

Don't we know what the other side feels like. But today we get to feel really good about the way our team fought. We can savor the win for a day or so, and then we will turn our attention to the Redskins, who are out of the playoff hunt but playing pretty well. Happy Monday, fellas, I raise my coffee cup to you all.

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