EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 05: wide receiver Kevin Ogletree #85 of the Dallas Cowboys drags strong safety Kenny Phillips #21 of the New York Giants into the endzone to score a touchdown in the third quarter during the 2012 NFL season opener at MetLife Stadium on September 5, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Giants Vs. Cowboys: New York Loses Season-Opener To Dallas, 24-17

The Dallas Cowboys used a breakout performance from wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and solid second half from running back DeMarco Murray to down the New York Giants, 24-17, in the season opener.

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New York Giants Injury Update: Michael Coe, Prince Amukamara

When cornerback Michael Coe left the New York Giants' 24-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night with a hamstring injury that left the already depleted Giants' secondary razor-thin at the cornerback position. Coe said Thursday he was uncertain if he could have continued, and doesn't know if he will miss any time.

"I just didn’t know if I could just really turn it over and just really run," said Coe, who was making his first career start. "I’m feeling pretty good. I’ll see really after these next couple of days how it is, but I actually feel real good and I’m still able to move around."

The Giants don't play again until Sept. 16 when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Coe isn't ready, will the man he was replacing in the lineup -- Prince Amukamara -- be able to play? Amukamara missed the opener with a high-ankle sprain. The second-year cornerback is targeting the Buccaneers' game for his return, but said he has not been cleared to begin running so that timetable is up in the air.

"I know that I can’t rush it. I know that it’s just time that it takes for it to heal," Amukamara said. "the natural feeling is to feel that sense of urgency, that sense of pressure, but I know I’m just worried about the things I can control and that’s just my rehab. I can’t control the time that it takes to heal."

If neither Coe nor Amukamara is able to play the Giants would turn to veteran Justin Tryon. They may also be forced to look for an additional cornerback to add to the roster.


Giants Rookie Running Back David Wilson Endures Rough NFL Debut

New York Giants rookie David Wilson made himself a list of lofty goals shortly before his rookie season formally began on Wednesday night. Rest assured that two carries for four yards, a fumble and an abrupt game over wasn’t one of them.

The burner out of Virginia Tech and the Giants’ first-round pick was stripped of the football by Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee after taking a toss to the left side from Eli Manning in the first quarter. Once safety Barry Church recovered the ball, Wilson headed straight to the sidelines, never again to see another snap out of the backfield.

"I saw him. I mean it just happened, fumbles," Wilson told reporters after the game. "Can’t let it happen no more though.

"When you fumble, you want to put it behind you and move forward with the game, but I didn’t get another offensive play in. It’s hard to put it behind you when that’s the last play you can remember, but I understand the coaches… I know I didn’t have much room for error being a rookie and then having a critical error like that, like a turnover. You just live and you learn and you move forward."


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Once on the sidelines, Wilson was caught on camera emotional and consoled by Hakeem Nicks, Osi Umenyiora and running backs coach Jerald Ingram. Some accused Wilson of crying. He insisted he wasn’t, but you can expect him to plead an emotional – and physical case – to earn back Tom Coughlin’s trust over the next 10 days before the Giants resume their season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium.

"He’s a rookie. Everybody makes mistakes. We all make mistakes," Umenyiora said. "He just made one and he’s a helluva football player, a very talented back. He’s going to respond. I just needed to let him know that no one was disappointed in him. We’ve all made those mistakes before and he’s going to step up and help this team win."

Wilson also lost his kickoff return responsibilities to Andre Brown before bringing back one more in the fourth quarter, but with such growing pains come the humility of lessons learned. The theme can actually extend to the rest of the Giants, who clearly didn’t bring their ‘A’ game before a national television audience. Linebacker Spencer Paysinger Tweeted, "Humble pie is disgusting...but we gotta eat it. #BackToWork." Coughlin, who preached to "build a bridge" from last season’s success, was just as blunt in assessing a project that is a long way towards completion, longer than anyone realized.

"Take a bite out of humble pie, is basically what it is," Coughlin said. "It brings you right back down to Earth. There won’t be any more blowing smoke up their rear ends. Last year is last year. This year is this year."

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NFL Injury Report, Giants: Michael Coe Injury Weakens Depleted Secondary

In addition to a season-opening loss, which they suffered Wednesday night at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys by a 24-17 score, the one thing the New York Giants definitely did not need is another injury at the cornerback position. Unfortunately, they got that, too.

Michael Coe, starting in place of Prince Amukamara, left the game late in the third quarter after breaking up a potential touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree. Amukamara, of course, is the starter because Terrell Thomas is once again on Injured Reserve. Cornerback Bruce Johnson is also on IR.

Coe, to be honest, did not play all that well. He got burned on several slant routes and a good portion of Ogletree's 114 receiving yards came at his expense. Coe's replacement, Justin Tryon, was absolutely torched by allas. Tryon surrendered a 34-yard touchdown pass to Miles Austin on a first-and-30 play that gave Dallas a 24-10 lead with 6:12 to play. Needing a stop right before the two-minute warning to get the ball back, Tryon surrendered a 13-yard completion to Ogletree on third-and-10 and the Cowboys ran out the clock from there.

Coe said after the game he thought we would be able to play when the Giants face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 2 (Sept. 16). Amukamara (high ankle sprain) also hopes to be ready by then.

Those would be positive developments for the Giants. It was obvious Wednesday night that they need all the help they can get at cornerback.


Cowboys Vs. Giants Final Score: Dallas Defeats New York, 24-17

Behind a breakout performance from wide receiver Kevin Ogletree, who caught seven passes for 101 receiving yards and two touchdowns, the Dallas Cowboys defeated the New York Giants, 24-17, in a season-opening showdown at MetLife Stadium.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 22 of 39 passes for 307 passing yards and three touchdowns, including a 34-yarder to wide receiver Miles Austin that helped the Cowboys take a 24-10 lead with 6 minutes, 12 seconds reaming in the game.

With 2:36 to go, the Giants capped a 12-play, 79-yard drive with a nine-yard touchdown reception from tight end Martellus Bennett from quarterback Eli Manning to help trim Dallas' lead to 24-17. But the Cowboys cemented their victory when they were able to convert a first down on their final possession, allowing them to run out the clock.

Cowboys' running back DeMarco Murray finished the contest with a game-high 131 rushing yards on 20 carries. The Giants totaled just 82 yards on the ground, most of it coming on a 33-yard run by running back Ahmad Bradshaw (17 carries, 78 yards).

Eli Manning finished 21-for-32 for 213 passing yards and one touchdown, while wide receiver Victor Cruz caught a team-high six passes for 58 receiving yards.

Big Blue View has you covered for all the latest on the Giants while Blogging The Boys has all the latest news and analysis on the Cowboys.


Giants-Cowboys First-Quarter Score: Game Tied At 0-0

The first quarter of the season-opening contest between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys has ended in a scoreless tie. The Giants, however, will begin the second quarter with possession at the Cowboys' 45-yard line facing a 3rd-and-2 situation.

New York's current drive was setup by a turnover-on-downs by the Dallas offense, which was stopped short of a first down on a fourth-and-1 from the Giants' 37-yard line.

The Giants first drive of the season lasted just three plays, as New York failed to convert on a 3rd-and-5 -- Victor Cruz dropped a pass from quarterback Eli Manning, who threw a catchable ball that would have picked up the first down.

The Giants second drive marched down to the Cowboys' 29-yard line, but ended abruptly after running back David Wilson was stripped by Cowboys' linebacker Sean Lee. The ball was picked up by safety Barry Church who was tackled at the Dallas' 30-yard line.

Giants' defense end Rocky Bernard recorded the team's first sack, which came during the Cowboys' first offensive possession.

Big Blue View has you covered for all the latest on the Giants while Blogging The Boys has all the latest news and analysis on the Cowboys.


Giants Vs. Cowboys Inactives: Hakeem Nicks, Jason Witten Will Play

The inactives for Wednesday's season-opening game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys has been released, and both Giants' wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten will play.

Nick, who has been battling an injured foot, was listed as questionable on Tuesday, but it was expected he was going to play. The case was not the same for Witten, who's recovering from a lacerated spleen and was a big question mark -- and still is -- heading into the game.

Both inactives lists are listed below:

New York Giants
Dallas Cowboys

Big Blue View has you covered for all the latest on the Giants while Blogging The Boys has all the latest news and analysis on the Cowboys.

NFC East Preview: Defending Champion Giants Ready for Another Dogfight with Divisional Rivals (via sbnation)


Cowboys Vs. Giants: Game Time, TV Schedule, Injury Updates And More

The New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys will open up the 2012-13 NFL regular season Wednesday, as the two NFC East Division rivals meet at MetLife Stadium (8:30 p.m. ET on NBC). The Giants will enter as the betting favorite as they are given 4 1/2-points to the Cowboys.

The line is not a surprise considering the Cowboys could be without tight end Jason Witten, who's suffering from a lacerated spleen. If Witten can't play, Dallas quarterback Tony Romo will be without his No. 1 throwing option. Romo's second and third options -- wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin -- are also banged up as both were listed on the latest injury report as probable.

Meanwhile, the Giants are slowly getting healthy as wide receiver Hakeem Nicks is expected to play despite being listed as questionable.

For those who want to view tonight's game, below is the basic game time and viewing information:

Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ

Game time: 8:30 p.m. -- pregame coverage begins at 7:30.

TV: NBC -- Al Michaels (play-by-play), Cris Collinsworth (commentator), Michelle Tafoya (sidelines).

Big Blue View has you covered for all the latest on the Giants while Blogging The Boys has all the latest news and analysis on the Cowboys.

NFC East Preview: Defending Champion Giants Ready for Another Dogfight with Divisional Rivals (via sbnation)


New York Giants Vs. Dallas Cowboys: Time To Build The Bridge

Wednesday at the Met, the New York Giants formally begin the defense of their Super Bowl championship with a showdown against the archrival Dallas Cowboys. Coverage on the NBC Networks (Channel 4 in New York) begins at 8 p.m. Radio listeners can tune WFAN 660-AM, the flagship station of the Giants Radio Network, and nationally on the Westwood One Radio Network and Sirius-XM Channels 92 and 93.

The Giants hurt and then killed the Cowboys' chances at the playoffs late last season. In Week 14 in Dallas, Tony Romo overthrew Miles Austin - a completion would have sealed the Giants' fate - and Eli Manning rallied the Jints from a 12-point deficit in the final 3:14. The Pokes had a chance to send the game into overtime, but Jason Pierre-Paul's blocked field goal attempt secured a 37-34 win for the Giants.

Three weeks later the two teams met with the NFC East title and a postseason berth on the line. Romo was sacked six times, and Manning threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-14 Giants' victory, the second of a six-game run that concluded with winning Super Bowl XLVI.

[Related: NFL Power Rankings | NFC East Preview]

TALE OF THE TAPE (2011 stats)
Cowboys Giants

Record: Cowboys 8-8, Giants 9-7
Points Per Game: Cowboys 23.1, Giants 24.6
Passing Yards Per Game: Cowboys 262.6, Giants 295.9
Rushing Yards Per Game: Cowboys 112.9, Giants 89.2
Takeaways: Cowboys 25, Giants 31

Head coach Tom Coughlin is using "build the bridge" as the slogan for 2012. It means taking what the Giants did to end 2011 and bridging everything to this season.

"This is not that team," Coughlin told reporters. "This is the 2012 team and we've been handed a new set of issues and problems as you followed us and we're in the process of trying to solve them."

It's up to the Giants to play a complete season in lieu of the team that stood at 7-7 and in serious trouble before a six-game winning streak capped the franchise's fourth Super Bowl title. Already with a big target on its back and a brutal schedule normally saddled on the defending champion, New York can use a big win over a talented but sloppy Cowboys team on its turf to kick off a new season.

"Whatever that was, we got to find that and try to keep that for a full season," Manning told WFAN's Boomer & Carton on Monday, "and make sure that we're playing up to our potential week in and week out. I feel like we've still got a lot to prove."

There's so much potential in Big D but recent seasons have produced disappointing results. In an attempt to keep up with Manning, Hakeem Nicks, Victor Cruz and Co., the Cowboys signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50 million deal from the Kansas City Chiefs and traded up eight spots to take fellow cornerback Morris Claiborne at sixth overall in the 2012 draft. Last season, Manning threw for a combined 746 yards against the Dallas secondary in the two meetings.

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The matchup between Nicks and Cruz against the Cowboys' new-look secondary. Hicks has practiced in pads, but insists he will be in the lineup for the opener. It's also interesting that a Giants running game that ranked dead last a year ago (89.2 ypg) ran for 100-plus yards in both meetings with the Cowboys. Ahmad Bradsaw may be a bit beat up, but he's healthier than he's been in previous seasons. Speedster David Wilson is expected to add more spice to Big Blue's rushing game along with Andre Brown, who beat out veteran D.J. Ware.

Romo has lost his last five starts against the Giants, but posted a career-best 102.5 passer rating a season ago with 31 touchdowns to 10 interceptions last season. He has a chance to pick apart a secondary that is starting Michael Coe in place of the injured Prince Amukamara.

"He should. I mean, the Giants have been whupping his ass for a long time. It's got to be tough on the outside looking in on all of these championships lately. That's the feeling I feel like everybody in the league has, and what they should have, because when you're on top and everybody should be wanting to knock you off." - Mathias Kiwanuka on WFAN in response to Jerry Jones' vow that his Cowboys would "beat the Giants' asses."

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Giants Vs. Cowboys Injury Report: Hakeem Nicks Listed As Questionable

The New York Giants released their injury report for Wednesday's season opener against the visiting Dallas Cowboys, and wide receiver Hakeem Nicks was listed as questionable while defensive tackle Marvin Austin, tackle James Brewer and cornerback Prince Amukamara are all listed as out.

Nicks (foot) was one of seven Giants listed as questionable, as tackle Will Beatty (back), linebacker Michael Boley (hamstring), cornerback Jayron Hosley (toe), linebacker Mathias Kiwanuka (groin), running back Da'Rel Scott (knee) and defensive end Adrian Tracy (hamstring) were also listed the same. All but one player was limited in Tuesday's practice, while Hosley fully participated.

Meanwhile, Cowboys' tight end Jason Witten, who's recovering from a lacerated spleen suffered in a preseason game against the Raiders, was listed as doubtful for Wednesday's contest. Witten did practice Tuesday but he was limited.

Dallas players that were listed as probable were: wide receivers Miles Austin (hamstring) and Dez Bryant (knee), linebacker Dan Connor (hip), center Phil Costa (back), running backs DeMarco Murray (wrist) and Phillip Tanner (hand), and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring). All players fully participated in practice.

For more on the Giants, head over to Big Blue View, while continue to check out SB Nation New York heading into the start of the season.


NFC East Season Preview: Overview, Analysis, Predictions For 2012 Season

A team-by-team look at the NFC East with predictions, video and analysis


Domenik Hixon Will Be Giants' No. 3 Wide Receiver

One of the primary questions of the preseason for the New York Giants was who would replace Mario Manningham, departed for San Francisco as a free agent, as the No. 3 wide receiver. The answer, at least beginning the season, will be veteran Domenik Hixon.

Hixon played only two games the past two seasons, twice suffering torn ACLs. He will be the third wide receiver, though, beating out rookie Reuben Randle, second-year man Jerrel Jernigan and fourth-year man Ramses Barden for the job. Hixon won the job despite catching only two passes for 13 yards in the preseason.

[Related: The complete Giants' depth chart | Big Blue View]

"He’s a consummate pro. He’s always going to know exactly what to do. He’s always going to be technically very, very sound. He’s very dependable. You can trust that he’ll do the right thing and right now, there’s no evidence that there’s any residual limitations because of his injury," Gilbride said.[Full transcript]

Hixon's best season as a receiver was 2008, when he caught 43 passes for the Giants. He caught four passes in two games a season ago before going down to his second ACL injury.


Sean Locklear Will Open Season As Giants' Left Tackle

Sean Locklear will man the left tackle position for the Giants on Wednesday.


Giants Vs. Cowboys Odds: Giants Open As 3-Point Favorites

Wednesday's season-opening contest between the New York Giants and the visiting Dallas Cowboys will feature the defending Super Bowl champions as the odds-on favorite to win, as oddsmakers opened betting with the Cowboys as a three-point underdog.

The contest will renew one of the best rivalries in professional football, which last year featured the Giants taking both games against their NFC East foe. The Cowboys will be looking to collect its second victory at MetLife Stadium, which was the backdrop to a 31-14 Dallas loss that allowed New York to earn the division title and a playoff spot.

For the latest news on the Giants vs. Cowboys matchup, check back to this SB Nation New York StoryStream. Meanwhile, for all things New York Giants, check out Big Blue View.


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