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Sunday, November 11, 2007

First Quarter: Dallas v Giants

Apparently Julius Jones had a nice 20 yard run that most missed because they started the game late. Cowboys are driving with their first possession of the game.

Well that was fast. Tony Romo had another athletic, amazing throw to Tony Curtis for a touchdown. Curtis was wide open. It appeared Romo was going to run the ball and then at the last second he just flips the ball high in the air to a wide open Curtis. Dallas leads 7-0.

On the Giants first series Brandon Jacobs has a wide open hole to run through, and he did for nine yards. No pressure and Manning throws to Burress for a first down. Plaxico was a game-time decision to play. Finally the defense has a good play, stuffing Jacobs for no gain on 2nd and 6. On 3rd and 6 the defense imploded with mental errors, two in a row, giving the Giants a first down. On first down, Manning throws to Burress and there's another defensive penalty, a late hit personal foul. Not good. Now all of the sudden the Giants are in the red zone at the Dallas 9. It's 3rd and 4 and Manning throws a touchdown to Shockey to tie the game 7-7.

Dallas gets the ball back for the second time after a disappointing defensive series, and Romo fires low after massive pressure from the Giants D. On 2nd and 10 Barber gets his first carry for three yards. On 3rd and 7 Romo throws an incomplete pass. That was a critical down to keep the Giants restless. Now, they are pumped up.

The Giants get the ball back and Manning throws a 22 yard pass to Shockey. Dallas is not getting any pass rush. On 1st and 10, Roy Williams flies in and gets a shoelace tackle on Brandon Jacobs for two yards. On 2nd and 8 the defense shuts down Jacobs again for no gain. On 3rd and 8 Ken Hamlin intercepts the pass and returns it to the Giants 40 yard line!

Dallas gets the ball back for its third series and Barber runs for two yards. On 2nd and 8 Romo is pressured but he throws a screen to MB3 who just runs over a few Giants for about a 6 yard gain. Romo threw that at risk, as the play seemed to be rushed because of the defense. A penalty for unnecessary roughness on the Giants gives Dallas a first down inside the 20 yard line. On 1st and 10 Barber runs for 3 yards. On 2nd and 7, the Giants blitz again and Romo dumps it off to Barber again but it's an 8 yard loss. On 3rd and 15 Romo is blitzed again and he is stripped of the ball. Dallas recovers. The pass rush from the Giants is intense and they are getting to Romo every play. Folk kicks a 44 yard field goal to give Dallas the lead 10-7.

I had to take a break for a second and came back to some defensive plays including a sack for Ware. Dallas shut down the Giants and get the ball back with a 3 point lead.

On 1st and 15, Romo throws his 11th interception in a poor underthrown ball to Terrell Owens. That wasn't a very good play and the Giants get the ball back at their 40 yard line.

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