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On a night where the Giants honored and celebrated each of their Super Bowl championships, the Dallas Cowboys left Metlife Stadium smiling as they topped the Super Bowl Champs, 24-17. Tony Romo made clutch throw after clutch throw, compiling 300 passing yards and three touchdown strikes. Third-receiver, Kevin Ogletree, hauled in eight passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Touchdowns aside, Ogletree made the biggest play of the night on a 3rd-and-12 just before the two minute warning. Ogletree’s reception preserved Dallas’ lead and kept Eli Manning on the sidelines.

Defensively, it was the tale of two secondaries. During the off-season, the Cowboys revamped their secondary by signing corner, Brandon Carr and drafting corner, Morris Claiborne in the first round. On the other hand, the Giants allowed Aaron Ross to walk away and must overcome another season without Terrell Thomas and a temporary absence of Prince Awukamara. The team’s best corner, Corey Webster, didn’t look too great when Ogletree burned by him for a 40-yard TD strike. In addition, fourth corner, Justin Tyron was badly, badly beat by Miles Austin on Romo’s third touchdown pass. The Cowboys were able to slow down the explosive Giant passing attack while the Giant secondary was exposed play after play. The Giants had major issues defending the pass last season; those issues may be even bigger this year.

Offensively, the Giant receivers had a tough time getting seperation against the Dallas secondary. Even though Victor Cruz caught six passes for 58 yards, his three drops will weight heavily on the minds of fans. Coming off his injury, Hakeem Nicks looked a little out of sync while tight end, Martellus Bennett scored the Giants only TD on a nifty grab. Ahmad Bradshaw rumbled for 70 yards and a touchdown while rookie, David Wilson was benched after a first quarter fumble.

Outside of the secondary, the Giant defense had a respectable evening. Jason Pierre-Paul terrorized Tyron Smith and was always in the Dallas backfield. Pierre-Paul’s penetration allowed his team mates to pick up sacks. Linebacker, Keith Rivers looked really good until leaving with a foot injury. Justin Tuck and Osi were a bit quiet, so expect to hear their names more often next weekend.

Overall, it was a disappointing night for Giants fans. Dallas did a nice job of sustaining drives and keeping Eli Manning off the field. Giant fans haven’t watched a bad performance since Week 15 (against the Redskins), so it definitely came as a bit of a surprise. Dallas’ victory symbolizes their validity in the race for the NFC East crown.  The Giants will host the Tampa Bay Bucs next weekend, a game they must win.

One last point: Jason Witten, who is just three weeks removed from a lacerated spleen injury, played tonight. I’m all for the senimental ‘tough guy’ story, but Witten didn’t help his team tonight. Witten’s run blocking was putrid and his pass blocking was even worse. I can think of one play where JPP just threw Witten to the ground and put pressure on Romo. Witten had a few catches, but he just doesn’t look right. I’m not a doctor, but spleens don’t hear overnight. I’d keep him off the field until he could give me a ‘normal’ Jason Witten performance.

Over the last two days, I have highlighted the Giants’ offensive and special teams. Today, we’ll highlight the straw that stirs the drink–the defense.

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ESPN–The New York Giants reached agreement on a contract with cornerback Terrell Thomas, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Thomas was viewed as a potential Pro Bowl cornerback before tearing his ACL in a preseason game versus the Chicago Bears last summer and missing the entire 2011 season. The Giants approached Thomas’ free agency much in the same way they did when they re-signed linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka last offseason.

For now, Thomas is back in the fold. Thomas was the Giants’ most productive cornerback in 2010, leading the team in tackles (101) and interceptions (5). He suffered his knee injury in the second game of the preseason after colliding with teammate Jason Pierre-Paul. This is the second time in his career he has had to come back from a knee injury after recovering from torn ligaments in his knee in 2005 while at USC.

If you’ve been reading NYSOS, re-signing Thomas was no surprise. We had this nugget on February 8th

I don’t think the Giants will have any issue re-signing Grant, Goff, Weatherford, or  Blackburn. I think Terrell Thomas, who suffered a season-ending ACL tear early on, will be a relatively easy sign for the Giants. I think teams will be scared of his knee issue, allowing the Giants to ink him to a fair deal. Let’s not forget that Thomas is one of the Giants’ best corners, when healthy.

This news pretty much seals Aaron Ross’ fate. With Thomas returning and the Prince ready to take on a larger role next season, Ross will likely be too pricey for the Giants. Terms for the Thomas deal haven’t been disclosed, but it was probably a good, cost-effective move for the Defending Champs.

 

Now that the parade is over, the confetti is cleaned up, and the silly Eli, elite debates have been put to rest, it’s time to start thinking about a Super Bowl repeat. To start, the Giants must evaluate their impending free agents and make some tough decisions. In addition, the Giants must think long and hard about two important players who are under contract for 2012, but are very unhappy with the figures involved…

Tom was Tom. Eli was Eli. AP PHOTO

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Perry Fewell likes to point out he has one year left on his contract. CREDIT: NY Daily News

Speculation mounted in New York this season that Perry Fewell was a goner. General consensus amongst fans and media members alike was that the defensive coordinator’s job would likely be (and should be) filled by someone else (rumors of a Steve Spagnuolo return come to mind…).

Turns out Perry Fewell’s job is safer than anyone knew.

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Only a handful of analysts thought Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara would pass through the top-15, and many top analysts had Amukamara rated in the top-10. The Giants didn’t think they had a shot at him, so they didn’t work him out, and they didn’t even bring him in for a visit.

After the jump, we’ll look at the pick a little closer and I’ll give the G-Men my first round grade.

Welcome to New York, Prince

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It was cold, it was windy, and it was Giants football.

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Best in the NFC East? Best in the NFC? Dare I ask …

Best in the NFL?

The Giants certainly made a case for the latter, lowering the boom on the Charlie Whitehurst-led Seahawks. When it was all said and done, the scoreboard read 41-7, and that doesn’t even tell the whole story.

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Put the coroner on speed dial, Dallas’ Super Bowl hopes are flatlining. And you can thank the Giants.

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The Giants went on the road Sunday afternoon to face the Houston Texans: a team with the NFL’s number one rushing offense, number two rushing defense, and a team most people think could challenge the Colts in the AFC South.

They didn’t just beat them, they hammered them, 34-10. They whooped them bad, from start to finish. The last two weeks seem to be starting a Giant trend, as Big Blue has won two straight for the first time in a whole year and has their defense ranked number one in the NFC.

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