NFC Divisional 2008: the Giants pretzel-twist the Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants compare lunch boxes at the Texas Stadium in Irving, TX in hopes of advancing to the NFC Championship Game.

Televised on Fox, the first quarter took off with a touchdown by Giants wide receiver Amani Toomer.  In the top of the second quarter, Cowboys wide receiver Terrell Owens tied the game with a TD.  New York challenged it but the call stood. The second quarter ticked down to about a minute and Cowboys running back Marion Barber was awarded with a TD, which was then reviewed and stood.  After “twenty plays, ninety yards, and ten minutes and twenty-eight seconds of game-play,” as Joe Buck remarked, the Cowboys took the lead 14 to 7 going into halftime.  RIght? Wrong Amani Toomer made a TD catch with fewer than thirty seconds on the game clock.  Giants running back Brandon Jacobs and Cowboys strong safety Roy Williams had a scuffle after that play.    Both teams went into halftime tied 14 to 14.

The third quarter began with a field goal by the Cowboys, tie broken. 17 to 14.  The fourth quarter started with a touchdown by Brandon Jacobs; Giants in the lead with 21 points.  Several attempts by the Cowboys were ultimately futile as cornerback R.W. McQuarters intercepted the last pass by Tony Romo in the fourth quarter.  Final score: New York 21 and Dallas 17.

I’m sad.  I suppose I’m going to lend my support to the Green Bay Packers next week in the NFC Championship game.

Observations & Miscellania:

1. Joe Buck and Troy Aikman provided commentary for this game.  I do believe Buck looks better in moving pictures than in still ones.

2. It’s not my imagination.  The music transition to and from commercial on these Fox NFL telecasts is a clone of the “Sleigh Ride” holiday song.  Specifically, the part that goes “giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/ let’s go,/let’s look at the show/we’re riding in a wonderland of snow/giddy yap, giddy yap, giddy yap/it’s grand, just holding your hand/we’re gliding along with the song/of a wintry fairy land.”

3. Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress has endured a torn ligament for most of the season, if I remember the commentators correctly.

4. There were two slow-motion instant replays concerning the Jacobs-Williams row.  The row itself (Jacobs tackled Willams and they essentially got caught up in a quasi-wrestling-tumbling maneuver; tthey stood up and started shoving) and Giants head coach Tom Coughlin mouthing something mostly along the lines of “that was a fuhcking face mask!”

5. Giants quarterback Eli Manning is twenty-six days older than I am.

6. After Brandon Jacobs made the TD in the top of the fourth quarter, he slammed the ball into the play clock, creating a metallic thwack sound.

7. By the end of the game, Dallas received eleven penalties.  New York three.

Get game summary, stats, and play by play here.

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