0:00 — COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 17
2:42 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. Manning hooks up with Bennett for a 9-yard score, cutting it to one possession. COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 17. 12 plays, 79 yards in 3:21
3:27 – Timeout Giants.
6:12 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Miles Austin for a 34-yard score, capping a drive that ate up some clock. COWBOYS 24, GIANTS 10 (8 plays, 82 yards, 7:06)
10:11 — S Antrel Rolle racks up his game-high ninth tackle.
14:55 — Giants get a fresh set of downs on a 15-yard Roughing the Passer penalty.
*Official paid attendance announced: 82,287 (set Giants record at MetLife Stadium)
15:00 — Giants will begin the final frame at their own 23 (2nd-and-5)
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0:00 — COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10
0:45 — FIELD GOAL COWBOYS. Giants hold Cowboys to 33-yard field goal. COWBOYS 17, GIANTS 10 (drive: 8 plays, 65 yards in 4:31)
1:33 — Linval Joseph sacks Romo for a loss of 9 yards. The Giants have 2 sacks in the game, both from defensive tackles.
5:19 — TOUCHDOWN GIANTS. A play after Hixon’s catch, Ahmad Bradshaw rushes to the left for a 10-yard touchdown. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 4 (drive: 9 plays, 89 yards in 5:13)
6:09 — And Hixon does it again, making the highlight reel once again with a 39-yard leaping grab deep in Cowboys territory.
10:19 — Hixon gets on the board with a 12-yard catch.
10:32 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Ogletree for a 40-yard score. XP is good. COWBOYS 14, GIANTS 3 (drive: 9 plays, 80 yards in 4:36)
15:00 — Giants will kickoff to begin the second half.
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0:00 — COWBOYS 7, GIANTS 3 (key stat: both teams have a combined 53 yards rushing)
1:01 — Wilson returns his second kickoff for 32 yards.
1:07 — TOUCHDOWN COWBOYS. Romo to Ogletree for a 10-yard score. XP is good. COWBOYS 7, GIANTS 3 (drive: 7 plays, 73 yards in 2:33)
3:42 — P Steve Weatherford helping the battle of field position with a 54-yard punt down the sideline with no return.
6:06 — CB Michael Coe, playing in place of Prince Amukamara, makes a nice ankle tackle of WR Kevin Ogletree, forcing a Cowboys punt. Giants so far holding Dallas to 1-5 on third- down conversions.
8:33 — Rivers all over the place, racks up his sixth tackle.
9:14 — FIELD GOAL GIANTS. If you bet Lawrence Tynes would score the first points of the 2012 NFL season, you would be a winner. Tynes makes 22-yard FG. GIANTS 3, COWBOYS 0 (drive: 4 plays, -3 yards in 1:21).
10:46 — Michael Boley intercepts Romo, returning it 51 yards.
12:41 — LB Keith Rivers making the most out of his starting role, dragging DeMarco Murray down for a loss of 1 yard.
14:30 — Cruz gains back 11 yards after Manning was sacked for a loss of 15. Cruz has four catches for 46 yards in the early going.
15:00 — Giants will begin the second quarter with the ball on the Dallas 41.
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0:00 — GIANTS 0, COWBOYS 0 (key stat: Manning begins the season 7/9 for 72 yards)
2:53 — With the ball on the Giants’ 37, Cowboys go for it on 4th-and-1. Giants stuff RB Lawrence Vickers for no gain and take over on downs. Giants are building the bridge when it comes to fourth down defense after the Falcons failed on three attempts in their playoff game nearly eight months ago to the day.
3:22 — Keith Rivers flushes Romo out of the pocket, rushing the pass. Corey Webster almost grabs an interception, but pass falls incomplete, setting up third down.
10:20 — TE Martellus Bennett gets his first catch against his former team — a 9-yard gain after Victor Cruz’s 26-yard reception from Eli Manning.
11:31 — The first carry of Wilson’s career is a 3-yard gain to the right side.
12:21 — And there you have it: the return game is revealed for the time being. Domenik Hixon back to return first punt.
13:58 — Giants go three-and-out on first offensive series of 2012.
15:00 — GAME DAY CAPTAINS: Chris Snee and Osi Umenyiora along with team captains Eli Manning, Justin Tuck, and Zak DeOssie. Giants win toss, elect to receive. Cowboys will defend west goal. *David Wilson back to return for first kickoff.
This week’s game will be the 100th regular season meeting between the two teams, with the Cowboys leading the series, 56-41-2. In the last meeting, the Giants defeated the Cowboys, 31-14, on Jan. 1 in Week 17 of the 2011 regular season to win the NFC East title and return to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
Kickoff: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: MetLife Stadium, E. Rutherford, NJ
Weather: Scattered clouds. Warm. 80 °F, Wind: WNW 9mph
» 75 Sean Locklear will start at LT in place of 65 Will Beatty
» 55 Keith Rivers will start at LB in place of 59 Michael Boley
» 37 Michael Coe will start at CB in place of 20 Prince Amukamara
» 92 Josh Brent will start at NT in place of 90 Jay Ratliff
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MSG KICKS OFF REGULAR SEASON
“Giants Chronicles: Eli Manning – A Year in Review” – 4:30 p.m., “Giants Opening Drive Live” – 5:00 p.m.
Four Weekly Programs Will Bring Fans the Best of Big Blue All Season Long
MSG, the official regional sports network of the New York Giants, kicks off its 2012 regular season coverage of Giants football with a special night of programming tomorrow before the Super Bowl Champions face the Dallas Cowboys in the first NFL game of the season.
Tomorrow at 4:30 p.m., the season premiere of “Giants Chronicles” features two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning as he reviews the 2011 season and the team’s second Super Bowl win in five years. At 5:00 p.m., MSG is live from MetLife Stadium for 90 minutes of “Giants Opening Drive Live” as hosts Bob Papa, Carl Banks, and Harry Carson with reports by Paul Dottino and Anita Marks preview the Giants-Cowboys showdown.
Throughout the regular season MSG’s Giants coverage is comprised of four weekly shows: all-new episodes of “Giants Chronicles” at 9:30 a.m. followed by the new 90-minute “Giants Opening Drive Live” at 10 a.m. every Sunday (unless the team plays on another day of the week, in which case the two programs would precede the game); “Giants Rewind,” a half-hour review of the previous week’s game every Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. on MSG+; and “Giants Press Conference Live,” a half-hour program including Coach Tom Coughlin’s live press conference, player interviews and fan call-ins, every Wednesday at 11:00 a.m.
As the exclusive local television home of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres, New York Liberty and New York Red Bulls, and the official regional sports networks of the New York Giants, MSG Networks telecasts over 400 live professional games per year. MSG Networks also telecasts 150 live college basketball games and over 40 live college football games from top national conferences (SEC, Big 12, Big East, Pac 12, Conference USA), as well as horse racing, boxing and award-winning original programming. In 2012, MSG Networks earned 16 New York Emmy Awards, including 14 for MSG – tops in the New York region for the third year in a row – and two for MSG+. Over the past five years, MSG Networks has totaled 77 New York Emmy Awards, including 69 for MSG – also the most of any New York station or network in that time – and eight for MSG+.
About The Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments: MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company’s overall business, which is built on a foundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing, college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including content originating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred to as MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD, and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. These venues consist of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, CA, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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