Two Thumbs Up for Romo in Improbable & Strange Win Over Giants
Of all the scenarios proposed and discussed in the days and weeks leading up to the Season opener at AT&T Stadium Sunday Night, it is highly doubtful that any came close to what actually came to pass. And pass is exactly what Tony Romo, he of highly doubtful NFL quarterback lineage according to many, did when the game was on the line in the last minute. A strike to long time friend and tight end Jason Witten for a touchdown with seven seconds remaining on the clock secured a one point win over the shocked Giants.
But first, the strange and improbable.
The Cowboys running game, the talk of NFL nation ever since DeMarco Murray sprouted Eagles wings and flew the coop to Philly, never materialized. Why? Because of the strange and improbable that left the Cowboys playing catch-up.
Joseph Randle, the Cowboys starting running back carried the ball only 16 times for 65 yards.He had three receptions for 42 additional yards, giving him 107 total yards.
The leading receiver for the Cowboys was running back Lance Dunbar with 8 receptions for 70 yards.
The Cowboys running backs, Joseph Randle, Darrin McFadden and Lance Dunbar, combined for 12 catches for a total of 131 yards.
Dez Bryant’s largest impact on the game was his blocking.
The second largest impact on the game for Dez Bryant was his exit for a broken foot. His exit from the field is expected to impact the Cowboys for another 6-8 weeks.
Tony Romo completed 80% of his passes for the game, yet is was an errant throw off the hands of Jason Witten that led to one interception.
The collective hearts of Cowboys Nation stopped beating momentarily when Tony Romo turned defender after Devin Street was separated from the ball. His attempt at tackling the Giants player nearing the end zone resulted in Romo landing awkwardly out of bounds, where he lay for several seconds.
The Cowboys completely dominated the time of possession, holding the ball for more than 37 minutes while the Giants held the ball for less than 23 minutes. The Cowboys were more dominant in the first half, though, but completed the first half trailing 13-6.
For much of this game, the prospects of celebrating a win didn’t look promising. Of course, the end is all that matters, as Jason Garrett and Tony Romo know so well.