Remember These Five

    • Fumble Reversal
      The Cowboys picked up a first down on a Tashard Choice run that looked like a first-and-goal at the Giants 4, but the officials rule Choice fumbled the ball at the end of the play, recovered by the Giants at the 1. After the Cowboys challenged the play, the officials overturned the call, giving the ball back to Dallas. On the next play, Romo hit Roy Williams in the end zone on a back-corner fade, giving the Cowboys a 10-0 lead.
  • Missed Sack Goes Boss
    Just after the Cowboys had scored to take a 10-point lead, the Giants faced a critical drive just before halftime. A play that initially looked to be a sack ended up going 16 yards on flipping the field position. Eli Manning somehow got out of Bobby Carpenter's grasp and managed to pitch the ball backwards to tight end Kevin Boss, who rumbled for 16 yards. The play was about a 22-yard change in field position. And just two plays later, the Giants were in the end zone to cut the lead to 10-7.
  • Steve Smith's Drop
    The Giants already led 21-17 early in the fourth quarter and were looking to put the game away when Eli Manning lofted a pass to the back corner of the end zone for Smith, who again torched the Cowboys' secondary. Smith had beaten Orlando Scandrick on the play but couldn't get haul in this floating pass. The Giants had to settle for a field goal, keeping it a one-score game at 24-17.
  • Intentional Grounding Call
    While the head referee already stated Tony Romo's fourth-quarter pass was not intentional grounding, a side judge from across the field came over to help reverse the call on a second-down pass to Witten. Romo was out of the hashmarks but lobbied to the officials that the reason his pass didn't get to the line of scrimmage was because it was tipped at the line. Instead of third-and-7 from their own 21, and remember the Cowboys were 9-of-17 on third-downs all day, the Cowboys went to third-and-17 from the 11. Trailing 24-17 just under seven minutes to play, the Cowboys had to be conservative and run a safe underneath route to Witten. That forced a punt, which Hixon returned 79 yards for a back-breaking touchdown. Without that call, the Cowboys not only could've picked up a first down, but that's 10 more yards of field position where McBriar could possibly put more air under the ball, giving the coverage unit a better chance to make the play. Funny how a questionable 10-yard penalty can flip field position and eventually win a game.
  • Incomplete to Choice
    The Cowboys trailed 21-17 and were driving for potentially a go-ahead score, especially after Roy Williams had just hauled in a huge third-down catch over the middle. But on third-and-7 from the Giants 24, Romo and Choice couldn't hook up on a pass to the right on a play that appeared to be open for a big gain. Instead, the Cowboys settled for a Nick Folk field goal attempt, with Folk badly hooking the kick to the left.

(Bonus) Romo Misses Roy, Barber Misses Spot
Two plays for one here. After the Giants had taken a 14-point lead on Dominik Hixon's long punt return, the Cowboys were moving back into scoring range. Romo had a wide open Roy Williams down the right sideline and just overthrew him for would've been a touchdown and Williams' third of the game. Two plays later, on fourth-and-2 at the Giants' 35, Barber ran a one-yard route and was stopped short of the first down.

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