New York Giants: Handing Out Game Balls For Dallas Cowboys Win

Dec 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores the game winning TD in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham (13) scores the game winning TD in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) punts the ball in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. New York won 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants punter Brad Wing (9) punts the ball in the game against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. New York won 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports /

Special Teams Player of the Game: Brad Wing

No player’s impact is more commonly overlooked on a football team than that of a punter. Despite the fact that the punter plays a direct role in where the opposition begins their possessions, they’re often written off as virtual non-factors.

During the New York Giants’ 10-7 victory over the Dallas Cowboys, punter Brad Wing reminded fans of just how important it can be to have a great punter.

Wing punted the ball nine times for a 389 yards—a deceivingly pedestrian average of 43.2 yards per punt. The Giants consistently got past the 50-yard line, but couldn’t score, which thus put Wing in the unenvious position of having to punt with a short field.

Wing was up to the task, landing five punts within the 20-yard line and two within the five-yard line, including a clutch punt that set up the Cowboys’ final possession.

Any time the opponent is working from their own three-yard line, the punter deserves a round of applause. The fact that Wing pinned Dallas that deep in its territory on two separate occasions, including the final drive, is punting wizardry.

Punters may never get the respect they deserve for their impact on the game, but Wing played a major role in limiting Dallas’ offensive potential.

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It wasn’t pretty, but the New York Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys 10-7 to improve to 9-4 in 2016.