New York Giants clinch NFC East title with win over Dallas Cowboys

The NFC East division title race came down to the final game of the NFL regular season once again with the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys the last two teams left standing in the division. Both teams had drastic ups-and-downs during the regular season and seemed to be destined to play one another in a winner-take-all showdown at one point or another. Ironically enough, that game was played in Week 17 and the New York Giants did not disappoint on their home field at MetLife Stadium.

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Even though the Dallas Cowboys were considered to be force to be reckoned with in this football game even with a banged up Tony Romo under center, the New York Giants were clearly the better all-around team. There has been a lot of talk about how good the Cowboys’ offense is and the potential for this team to just blow up at any moment and put a big number on the scoreboard, but the Giants’ defense came to play in the regular season finale and got the win at MetLife Stadium, 31-14.

Ahmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw

Not only were the Giants firing on all cylinders on defense, but the offense also got in on the action by lighting up Rob Ryan’s defense for 31 points. Eli Manning was definitely a big part of the success on offense as he threw for a game-high 346 yards and three touchdowns while posting an impressive 136.7 passer rating with no interceptions. Even though the Giants’ running game wasn’t all that impressive, Ahmad Bradshaw led the way with 57 yards and a touchdown.

Giants’ wideout Victor Cruz really made headlines on Sunday night as he caught six passes for a game-high 178 yards and a touchdown. Along with being the game’s leading receiver, Cruz was the biggest playmaker of the night as he got the Giants’ offense started with a 74-yard touchdown grab from Eli Manniny in the first quarter.

After that amazing touchdown by Cruz, the Giants’ offense was just rolling and continued to keep the Cowboys at bay with Ahmad Bradshaw running for and catching touchdowns in the second quarter. With the Giants up 21-0, the Cowboys’ season was basically over as they had no answer for the Giants despite scoring two touchdowns in the second half off of passes from Tony Romo to Laurent Robinson.

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Needless to say, the New York Giants were the better all-around team in this battle for the NFC East division title and now will have to try and keep their season alive by going head-to-head against the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild-Card Round this Sunday at MetLife Stadium.

Fortunately for the Giants, this game will be played at MetLife Stadium which could give Eli Manning and company the slight edge on Sunday. Despite the home field advantage, the Falcons will not be going down without a fight and will be incredibly tough to stop on both sides of the football.

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