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Cowboys Stadium Has Become a Home Away from Home for New York Giants

October 27th, 2012 at 11:09 AM
By Jen Polashock

Since the grand opening of Jerry Jones’ new home for his Dallas Cowboys, the New York Football Giants have become not only quite acclimated, but very comfortable there. On the stadium’s debut September 20, 2009, in front of a record crowd (105,121) on Sunday Night Football, the Giants officially broke ground on their “second stadium.” Since, Big Blue is undefeated there at 3-0.

QB Eli Manning was 25 of 38 for 330 yards with two touchdowns that night, but his comments were a bit of foreshadowing for things to come for the Giants at Cowboys Stadium.

“The whole team did a good job of gutting it out,” Manning said. “This is a good thing to build from.”

These team-like words also came along with the news (and picture proof) that after the 33-31 win, Manning signed the wall of the visitor's locker room with the message "First win in the New Stadium." Seems a bit prophetic, huh?

The following season, LB Michael Boley came in on a second quarter blitz, unblocked, and landed on QB Tony Romo – fracturing his collarbone. Backup QB Jon Kitna finished the game, but the New York Giants again flew home with the 41-35 victory.

2011 was perhaps the most exciting and cardiac-driven of the three conquests. Playing Dallas is almost always a close game and literally comes down to the last handful of seconds. Last December’s 37-34 “W” came on a blocked K Dan Bailey field goal from DE Jason Pierre-Paul, but not before another 4th quarter comeback from Eli Manning.

Games played within the division don’t ever disappoint, but there seems to be something special and beyond gratifying in achieving a win over an NFC East foe – especially the Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones. Owning them on their own turf doesn’t hurt. In this century, the New York Football Giants have the edge, 16 wins over the Cowboys’ 10. Included in those “stats” is the first and only post-season meeting in 2008 – the one where the G-Men advanced to the NFC Championship Game, eventually going on to bring home their third Lombardi.

These two teams first met in 1960 (the year of inception for Dallas) and that game ended in a tie, ironically. As close as the games between these two franchises have been lately, the last time a Giants vs. Cowboys game ended in a tie was the same decade their storied battles began. It’s rare in the NFL period. Some long-time players don’t even know that games could end that way. Funny…

This Sunday will record the fourth time the two organizations shall meet in the still-new Cowboys Stadium. The game needs to be fought and the game plans executed flawlessly in order for either team to come out with their goal attained. In the NFC East, records coming in mean nil as the familiarity is already part of said game plan. Whichever team deviates from their brand of football and errs more (without being able to recover) will fall. However, as the New York Giants remain concentrated on the task at hand (call it revenge or a possible trap game against an injured opponent), they are heading into an almost home-like arena classically dubbed “MetLife South” by the resilient and proud blue fans that reside down there in enemy territory.

photo credit: John Pozadzides via photopin cc

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13 Responses to “Cowboys Stadium Has Become a Home Away from Home for New York Giants”

  1.  Valid says:

    Re: Kujo’s post on Jacquian Williams

    I was also one of the ones who expressed disappointment in Williams’ play thus far.

    I am higher on this kid than anyone else here, probably even moreso than FF55. I loved what I saw from him last year ever since the first Eagles’ game where he essentially had his coming out party. He seemed to make big plays at big times all over the field last season and displayed great instincts. I am on record of saying here that Williams would end up being one of the best OLB’s in the NFL.

    This year he has just looked fairly lost at times. It’s almost like I haven’t even seen him on the field at all because he never seems to be making any plays. That said, eyes are deceiving, and a lot of times, the less you see/hear of a guy, the better (although that generally applies more to cornerbacks).

    Regardless, Williams is still a very young player and this is only his second year. I still have high hopes for the kid.

    •  jfunk says:

      I think the kid is just thinking too much. Last year they just let him go run around and they’re probably asking more of him from an execution perspective now.

      Once he figures it out and settles down, hopefully he will return to his more instinctive play..

      I’m really nervous about this game. I predict the Cowboys will have no less than 4 plays over 30 yards.

  2.  Krow says:

    Jerry Jones has never beaten the Giants in the new Cowboys Stadium. You know who else has never beaten us there? Yeah, Hitler. Now I’m not saying Jerry Jones is like Hitler. One’s a megalomaniac who misused his ill-gotten power to lead everyone around him to ruin and destruction. And the other was Hitler. So I’m not saying the two are alike … not saying they ain’t either …I’m just sayin’ that beating the Cowboys this Sunday will be a good thing for America and the free world.

  3. I actually think Williams biggest problem this year has been the lack of a defined role, the inability to get comfortable. But hey, he was raw coming out and is only in his second year…and has a good bit of field experience for a second-year player.

    Kiwanuka’s future is at DE and as much as we’d love it, we doubt Keith Rivers becomes a fixture there on the outside. Williams will get his chance.

  4.  rlhjr says:

    I’d like to see Williams about 20 to 25 pounds heaver. I think he can carry that weight and not be dramatically slowed by doing so.

    The kid has a nose for the football. Either he finds it or it finds him. Either way, he’s never too far away from the meat of the play.

    Right now, there are safeties heaver than Jacquian. Although he really does move more like a safety than a linebacker. Maybe there is something to that.
    Maybe they want him to be a “tweener”

    •  kinsho says:

      God help us if he starts asking Reese for tickets to the Justin Bieber concert and the new Twilight movie.

  5.  Kevros says:

    William Joseph pleaded guilty to theft of government money and aggravated identity theft in connection with the same tax fraud scheme. Joseph is scheduled to be sentenced on November 9.

  6.  GOAT56 says:

    The new poster who detailed some of our salary concerns lead me to think about a question. Philosophy wise going forward salary wise are we going to use a “Miami heat”(a lot of salary tied up in a few players) or the “53 man roster” (have quality depth all across the roster). I believe we now employ the 53 man approach but with the number of quality young vets we have who are high caliber players if we keep them we are moving towards a Miami heat approach. It’s a tough choice because the type of players we could lose are not of the Barry Cofield variety but true star or super star players. Our 53 man approach seems like the right approach for winning SBs. But when you look at possibly losing players the quality of Cruz, Nicks or KP it really hurts especially because they are young proven players that are just entering their prime. But the sad reality is that at best we likely can keep just two out of those three players and maybe only one. It will hurt seeing anyone of these players in another uniform more than any player I can recall.

    I say this to illustrate that this 2012 team is likely the best roster we are going to field in this run. This year’s team has a real chance to be special. But to really build momentum towards a special regular season we really need to win this Dallas game. I have read many comments about games we always lose and losing games against teams we should beat. By beating Dallas we continue a streak of good football and start to squash some of those concerns. At 6-2, I think it’s different than our 6-2 last year because if anything we are gaining steam when last year it was kind of a deep breathe when we got to 6-2.

    We are a better team than Dallas but they definitely have enough to beat us as they showed in week one. I think besides the obvious in the TO battle is Eli. It’s funny but I don’t think Eli has played quite as well as last year. He’s been great in some moments but mostly just been very good this year. This is a game tailor made for Eli to win us this game. Dallas usually plays our run well which forces us the beat them with our passing. They also believe their can play our WRs in press coverage. This should give Eli plenty of chances have success but our WRs likely won’t be wide open and their DBs have ball skills so Eli must be precise.

    •  kinsho says:

      And we must run the ball. Let Bradshaw and Andre Brown loose in this game. Let them run more zone plays so that they have more freedom to run the ball they want. Bradshaw and Eli want some ‘getback’ for the season opener and for last week’s poor performance.

  7.  GOAT56 says:

    Cruz, Smith buddies since AAU days

    The date was Feb. 5, 2012, the evening of Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis, when breakout star Victor Cruz scored a touchdown to help the New York Giants upset the New England Patriots.

    Twelve days later, it was J.R. Smith’s turn to capture the attention of the sports world. He took to Twitter, saying, “New York Knicks It Is!” After signing a one-year contract, without even a practice under his belt, he scored 15 points in his Knicks debut.

    New Yorkers had two new players to cheer for — a wide receiver and a shooting guard who had been friends for years.

    “It was crazy that he was in New York and we’re both playing for New York teams. It was a great feeling,” Cruz said. “Once my offseason kicked in and he was in season, we kicked it a lot in his free time.”

    From 2002 to 2004, Cruz and Smith starred on the same legendary AAU hoops team, The Playaz Basketball Club. Cruz attended Paterson (N.J.) Catholic High School and Smith was at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, but they teamed up on Playaz, competing in top tournaments against future NBA players such as Kendrick Perkins and Sebastian Telfair.

    “We went everywhere: Minnesota, Hawaii, Vegas, California,” Cruz said. “We got to go to a lot of different places, so it was cool.”

    And everywhere they went, Cruz and Smith were inseparable.

    “He was my roommate on a lot of the road trips,” Smith said. “We took long bus rides — six, seven hours — going to Virginia, D.C., and stuff like that. We sat in the back of the bus chilling and goofing around. He’s a hell of a basketball player. A lot of people don’t know that. He’s a great dude.”

    Cruz, now 25, and Smith, 27, were also in the backcourt together — and interestingly enough, Smith had the role of the wide receiver, capitalizing on alley-oop passes from Cruz, the team’s point guard.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/giants/post/_/id/18830/cruz-smith-buddies-since-aau-days

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