Giants vs Cowboys History?

Despite losing the only game in playoff history between these two teams, the Cowboys own a 54-36-2 all-time record against the Giants. I would like to know more about the Giants vs Cowboys History. Where can I find more information?

asked by Beast in Football | 6007 views | 09-21-2009 at 01:36 PM

Giants-Cowboys Series History:

After failing to reach the playoffs in each of the previous 17 years, the 1981 Giants were eager to put that disappointing legacy to rest. But little was expected of the '81 Giants, due largely to their 4-12 finish the previous season.

Playing like a team that finally wanted to end its run of failure, the Giants had some vigor when it counted the most. With a 6-7 record heading into December, the Giants knew a strong finish could catapult them into the playoff race. The determined Giants beat the Rams, 10-7, and the St. Louis Cardinals, 20-10, to set up a critical season finale against the 12-3 Dallas Cowboys on Dec. 19. Dallas had already clinched the NFC East title. But if the Giants could beat the Cowboys on Saturday, coupled with a Jets victory the following day against the Green Bay Packers, the Giants would be postseason participants for the first time since 1963.

Playing in normal December conditions in Giants Stadium (25 degrees with a 20 miles-per-hour wind), the Giants somehow found a way to victory, despite the inability to capitalize on a number of scoring opportunities. Joe Danelo's 35-yard field goal in overtime gave them a dramatic 13-10 victory. Twenty-four hours later, the Packers fell to the Jets and the Giants were in the playoffs as a wild card team.

Both teams played outstanding defense in the first half, which ended in a scoreless tie. The Giants drew first blood in the third quarter, when quarterback Scott Brunner found tight end Tom Mullady for a 20-yard touchdown and 7-0 lead. The 62-yard scoring drive included Brunner passes of 12 yards to Dave Young and 16 yards to Leon Perry.

Dallas responded with quarterback Danny White's three-yard touchdown pass to backup tight end Doug Cosbie early in the fourth quarter, a score set up by a 44-yard throw to Tony Hill.

The Giants were pinned on their own one-yard line on the ensuing possession. On third-and-four from the six, Brunner thought he had wide receiver John Mistler down the field, but safety Michael Downs intercepted the pass, the only pick Brunner threw that day.

The turnover led to Raphael Septien's 36-yard field goal, which gave the Cowboys a 10-7 lead with 9:12 left on the clock.

When the Giants failed to score the next time they had the ball, the Cowboys took over with 6:23 remaining, hoping they could run out the clock. The plan seemed to be working when Dallas converted on a pair of third-down tries. But Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett fumbled the ball, and it was recovered by left end George Martin.

After a first down gain of 11 yards negated by penalty, two consecutive incomplete passes, and one completion for seven yards, the Giants faced a crucial fourth-and-13 with 1:44 remaining. Brunner took matters into his own hands by scrambling until he was able to find an open Mistler across the middle for 22 yards and a season-saving first down. After runs by Perry and Rob Carpenter and a Brunner incompletion left the Giants shy of a first down, the Giants' fate came down to Danelo's 40-yard field goal attempt. That was not a comforting thought for the frenzied Giants crowd, which had seen the normally-reliable kicker miss attempts from 21 yards (wide left) and 27 yards (wide right). But Danelo stepped up and tied the game with 40 seconds remaining.

The Cowboys won the overtime coin toss but elected to defend the east goal, thinking that the wind would provide a huge advantage in field position. Their plan initially succeeded, as the Giants went three-and-out on their first possession. Seizing the momentum, the Cowboys sought to put the game away. But Dorsett again fumbled the ball, which was recovered by another Hall of Famer, then-rookie Lawrence Taylor, at the Dallas 40-yard line. Dorsett was held to 39 yards on 21 carries (a 1.9-yard average) for the day.

The Giants gained 24 yards to the 16. Danelo was summoned to win the game - but failed, as his 33-yard field goal try hit the right upright and bounced away, no good.

But the Giants defense again came up with a big play, forcing a White interception by outside linebacker Byron Hunt in Dallas territory. Danelo would have one more shot at redemption - and the playoffs - after his costly misses. This time, he nailed the 35-yard field goal that kept the Giants' playoff hopes alive.

The next day the Jets dismantled the Packers, 28-3, sending the Giants to the playoffs for the first time in 18 years.

When the Giants and Cowboys meet on Sunday, it will be for the 86th time. Dallas maintains a 50-33-2 advantage in the series. In 2004, the Giants swept Dallas for the first time since 2002 by defeating the Cowboys 26-10 at Texas Stadium on Oct. 10, and 28-24 in the season finale in Giants Stadium on Jan. 2. In 2003, Dallas swept the Giants for the first time since 1998, winning 35-32 in overtime in a Monday night in Giants Stadium and 19-3 in Dallas. In games played at Texas Stadium, Dallas holds a 22-10 lead. The Giants have swept the season series ten times while Dallas has 17 series sweeps.

answered by Master | 09-21-2009 at 01:37 PM

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