Cowboys pummel Giants, 40-0, intercepting QB Daniel Jones twice as disgusted New York fans retreat from rainy MetLife Stadium at the half while Dallas ignites Super Bowl chatter
- Giants fans were seen leaving at halftime with the Cowboys leading 26-0
- Giants QB Daniel Jones was intercepted twice & sacked as many as seven times!
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The first Sunday Night Football game of the season served as a warning to the rest of all other 30 teams in the NFL: the Dallas Cowboys are Super Bowl contenders, while the New York Giants are still stuck in neutral.
Playing on a rainy night at East Rutherford, New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium, the Cowboys dismantled the Giants, 40-0, intercepting Daniel Jones twice and sacking the Giants quarterback a whopping seven times.
Things got so bad by halftime, with Dallas leading 26-0 on the road, that many Giants fans were seen heading to the parking lot for the long commute back home.
The win was strikingly similar to Week 1 of the 1995 season, when the Cowboys travelled to old Giants Stadium to beat New York, 35-0, en route to the franchise’s fifth Super Bowl victory in January of 1996.
‘I think it should be pointed out… the last time the Cowboys won the Super Bowl – they beat the Giants in Week 1 on the road at night – 35-0,’ DallasCowboys.com’s Nick Eatman pointed out on X, formerly known as Twitter. ‘Just sayin.’
Cowboys cornerback DaRon Bland (26) celebrates his touchdown against the New York Giants
New York Giants fans react during the third quarter of a loss vs. the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife
Giants fans heading for the exits at halftime after their team trailed 26-0 after two quarters
Daniel Jones tossed two interceptions and was sacked six times on Sunday in New Jersey
Some NFL fans and reporters predicted that the Cowboys will be the next Super Bowl champs after their thumping away win against the Giants. Dallas last won a Super Bowl title in 1996
Others in the media quickly picked up the Cowboys’ Super Bowl chatter.
‘This is why I picked the Cowboys to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl,’ tweeted SI.com’s Matt Verderame. ‘Their defense is ridiculous.’
Both the Giants and Cowboys appeared to improve in 2022, finishing with 9-7-1 and 12-5 records, respectively, as both clubs reached the Divisional Round of the NFC Playoffs.
But despite the offseason expectations in New York and Dallas, only one of the two teams hit the ground running on Sunday, despite Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott having a quite night by his own standards.
The 30-year-old, who’s now in his eight NFL season with Dallas, threw no touchdown passes but also wasn’t intercepted throughout Sunday’s game. He completed 13 of his 14 passes (54.2 percent), including a 49-yard dart pass, for 143 passing yards.
Dallas didn’t need much from QB Dak Prescott and the offense due to the Giants’ frail defense
Cowboys running back Tony Pollard, who’s on a franchise tag this season, ran the show instead
The Giants’ second-year head coach Brian Daboll endured a miserable end to the weekend
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be bullish about his team’s chance of winning Super Bowl LVIII going further into the new NFL season
Instead, the Cowboys got a block in the game’s opening seven minutes, before Noah Igbinoghene recovered the pigskin, returning it for 58 yards and a touchdown.
Dallas then got a 21-yard field goal from new kicker Brandon Aubrey before DaRon Bland returned a 22-yard interception for for a touchdown.
Cowboys running back Tony Pollard then completed a two-yard run midway through the second quarter to push the advantage to 26-0 at halftime.
The halftime shutout margin was the fourth-most lopsided in Week 1 for a home team, topped only by the Bucs trailing the Eagles 34-0 in 1988. The others were the Steelers (down 30-0 vs. the Browns) in 1989 and the Colts (27-0 vs. the Rams) in 1954.
The score only got worst for the Giants after the half, as Pollard completed a one-yard rush for another touchdown midway through the third. KaVontae Turpin also had a touchdown with a 11:31 remaining in the fourth quarter through a seven-yard rush.