#5. Week 17: NY Giants vs Dallas Cowboys, 1:00 PM
The last time these two teams met, it was filled with nothing but disasters. First off, the main takeaway from the NY Giants’ heartbreaking Week 5 loss was that the Cowboys still had the Giants’ number. Looking closer, the game was a crushing blow to both sides.
This game will always be remembered for Dak Prescott’s gruesome broken ankle injury. It’s always difficult seeing any player get carted off, it’s even worse when it is a team’s quarterback and one of the league’s brightest stars. Dak Prescott’s season-ending injury has completely changed the feeling surrounding this Dallas team. He was their unquestioned leader, the face of their franchise, and the glue that kept everything together. His absence on the field has been massive as Dallas has completely failed to replace Dak with three different quarterbacks.
To make matters worse for the Giants, this loss came with some hurt of their own. Right as he seemed to finally hit his stride, Lorenzo Carter went down with a season-ending torn Achilles injury. The Giants blew a 14-point 1st half lead along with a late three-point lead in the 4th quarter.
This game was a complete fiasco for NY.
They pulled out every string imaginable to get a win and then some. The Giants offense ran a flea-flicker, a tackle eligible cross-field pass for a scoring play, a fake field goal for a touchdown, and the team’s first rushing touchdown by a tight end since 1996.
And they still lost.
It’s very hard to put that into words and realize we’re talking about the NY Giants. They have seemingly made a concerted effort to not be a gimmicky-tricky team since Tom Coughlin took over in 2004.
Big Blue finally ended their eight-game losing streak to Philly at home last week. Can they finally do the same Week 17 against Dallas? All streaks must come to an end, and I think the Giants’ magic number is seven here and they beat Dallas to close out their 2020 regular season.
Now, the big question is will that game be meaningful? It’s very possible one (or both teams) are still vying for the NFC East title come Week 17 and the stakes would be incredibly high if it was a “win and in” situation. The last time this happened with NY and Dallas was in 2011 when the Giants took down Tony Romo and the Cowboys at home in Week 17 to lock up the NFC East title. The team then went on another fairytale, improbable Super Bowl run, New York’s second in four years.