"Re-Living History" is the latest Giants 101 offseason feature and a chance for long-time New York Giants fans to experience a part of their youth all over again. Each Sunday, we'll sit down and re-watch a historical game in full and write a subsequent game recap/review in real time. Knowledge of results and/or future events will not factor into these reviews, and any/all quotes used in said reviews are entirely 100% authentic. Enjoy.
Coming off of their NFC East crown in 1985, the Dallas Cowboys entered this season with a number of question marks. Perhaps most importantly was regarding the implementation of Herschel Walker alongside of veteran running back Tony Dorsett.
After a slow opening quarter that featured seven punts, the Giants and Cowboys would erupt for 61 combined points over the final three quarters, capped by a game-winning touchdown courtesy of the aforementioned Herschel Walker.
"It was exciting watching him work," Cowboys head coach Tom Landry said during his postgame press conference.
Walker played far more than originally anticipated after Dorsett suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter, ultimately causing him to miss the second half of the game. In total, the former UFL star gained 64 yards on 10 carries to go long with his two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for an additional 32 yards.
On the other side of the ball, the Giants were finally able to lock-up Joe Morris, signing him to a four-year, $2.2M deal only hours before the game. And despite holding out for much of the offseason and being an unknown as recently as Sunday night, he would rush for 87 yards and one touchdown on 20 carries in the opening week loss.
''When I told him I finally reached agreement," his agent, Tom Toner, said after the game. "he said, 'Was it a fair deal?' I told him it was. He said, 'O.K. I have to get taped.' He didn't even ask how much he would get."
Unfortunately for the Giants, the return of Morris was not enough. Even a 300-yard, three touchdown day from Phil Simms wasn't able to overcome the Cowboys' shockingly high-power offense, as they put up an unexpected 31 points on what many expect to be the league's premiere defense.
Still, there was no quit in Bill Parcells' Giants. They came back from deficits of 14-0, 17-14 and 24-21 before Walker etched his name in the history books with only 76 seconds left to play.
- Bobby Johnson hauled in seven receptions for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns.
- Mark Bavaro ended the game with 88 yards.
- Lawrence Taylor recorded 1.5 sacks, splitting one with Leonard Marshall.
- Cowboys first-round pick, Mike Sherrard, made his NFL debut, but caught only one pass for 16 yards.
- Fellow Cowboys rookie, Robert Lavette, returned four punts for 69 yards.
- There were a combined 15 punts for 668 yards.
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