Romos 3 Picks Proved to be too much for the Cowboys to overcome as they fell to the Giants 33-31

Romo's 3 Picks Proved to be too much for the Cowboys to overcome as they fell to the Giants 33-31

In a game where the New York Giants were thoroughly dominated by the Dallas Cowboys, it was once again QB Tony Romo’s inability to avoid making mistakes that cost Dallas a win in the opening game at the magnificent Cowboys Stadium.

A record 105,121 fans got to be first-hand witnesses to Romo’s 3 interception performance, which allowed a New York team that was far from spectacular to hang around just long enough for them to be able to strike late with a game-winning Lawrence Tynes field goal after a great 2-minute drill was engineered by Eli Manning and Co.

Obviously, this leads us to ask the questions once again about Romo’s ability to win when it counts most.  He’s in a tough place to be a good-but-not-great QB, especially when you consider the Cowboys’ storied history and the fact that two of the best QBs of all time in Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman played there before him.  Excluding the miscues, as hard as that might be to do, Romo’s numbers are usually respectable, but last night he was a miserable 13/29 for 127 yards, and only found the endzone once, on a 1-yard TD pass to Jason Witten.

You can’t really blame Dallas’ rushing attack of Marion Barber and Felix Jones, who combined to tear up the G-Men’s vaunted D to the tune of 220 yards and 2 TDs on only 25 carries.

Give a little bit of credit to the Giants, though.  Eli Manning had another solid game against the ‘Boys, as we’ve seen so often the last few years, going 25/38 for 330 yards and 2 TDs, which made up for the lack of effective running by Brandon Jacobs, who was held to just 58 yards.

Also, so much for the Giants missing Plaxico Burress so much as both Steve Smith and the very surprising Mario Manningham each had 10 catches in the game, combining for 284 yards and 2 TDs.  The Giants scored 24 of their 33 points coming off of Dallas turnovers in the game.

The other story to come out of this game was Justin Tuck’s apparent shoulder injury suffered in the 3rd quarter that forced him out for the remainder of the game.  Tuck went for X-Rays that came back negative, but is still scheduled for an MRI this morning.