New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys. A season filled with ups and downs comes down to this. The winner of Sunday night's game between these two talented, but flawed and inconsistent teams goes to the playoffs. The loser goes home for another unsatisfying off-season.
What will happen? Your guess is as good as mine. As we have talked about all week, these teams are 8-7 for a reason and this will be the first time since the merger that the NFC East champion finishes with less than 10 victories. That, incidentally, is a fact the winning side won't give a hoot about once the game is over.
Mood Music: I kept listening to a haunting version of Abba's 'Winner Takes It All' while trying to choose. If you want more upbeat mood music, try any of these.
Game Time: 8:20 p.m. ET
TV: NBC (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
Line: Giants by 3
Dallas website: Blogging The Boys
SB Nation New York StoryStream
The Last Meeting
The Giants won, 37-34, just three weeks ago. You remember it well: The Giants trailing 34-22 before rallying for two season-saving scores in the final moments. Then, Jason Pierre-Paul blocking a Dan Bailey field goal to preserve the victory after a Tom Coughlin timeout negated Bailey's first effort, which split the uprights.
Here is some of what was said following the comeback:
:"That's [the comeback] what we expected to do and that's what we did," Manning said. "I don't think I ever feel pressure when I'm playing football,. I try to make plays ... It's exciting, it's fun."
This is the third straight time the Giants have won in the new Cowboys Stadium.
"We've found ways to win. We've had some wild games here over the years and none wilder than this one," Manning said. "Great job by our guys."
In Case You Missed It
It has been a busy week of previews and game chatter. Here are links to some of my favorite posts here, at SB Nation New York and at Blogging the Boys.
Giants Vs. Cowboys: Five Things To Watch - Big Blue View
Tom Coughlin: Is He Coaching For His Job On Sunday? - Big Blue View
Five Questions With 'Blogging The Boys' - Big Blue View
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys - Game 2 Scouting Report - Big Blue View
Dear Dallas Cowboys, Please Shut Brandon Jacobs Up. Immediately. - SB Nation Dallas
Cowboys @ Giants: 5 Questions With Big Blue View - Blogging The Boys
Giants Vs. Cowboys, Position-By-Position Breakdowns: The Offenses - SB Nation New York
Giants Vs. Cowboys, Position-By-Position Breakdowns: The Defenses - SB Nation New York
Giants Vs. Cowboys, Position-By-Position Breakdowns: The Special Teams - SB Nation New York