Down and Distance: 1st and 9 at DAL 9
Time: 2:42, 4th QTR
Personnel: 3WR, 1TE, 1RB
Situation: Trailing by 14, two timeouts remaining
The Play: (No Huddle, Shotgun) Eli Manning pass short middle in end zone to Martellus Bennett for 9 yards, TOUCHDOWN. Penalty on DAL-Safety Barry Church, Defensive Pass Interference, declined.
What Bennett saw: “It was just a read route. We’ve run it a couple times. During the week, we already knew what the look was going to be, and I knew exactly where the ball was going to be, how he wanted to throw it and what he wanted me to do on the route because of the way we saw it on film, the way we talked about it all week. It’s just one of those things that just happened exactly how you talked about it.
“We knew that they were going to double outside and give me inside one-on-one. Usually I break across, but since he played me with inside leverage, we were just looking for the jump ball. I felt Church and then Gerald Sensabaugh. I couldn’t help but feel Church, he was right on me. I was just fighting to get his hands off me so I could get up and make a play. I was able to get up and get both hands on it. So it was just a great throw, great spot of the ball, couldn’t be any better, and I was just fortunate to make a catch.”
What Manning saw: “They played it earlier in the game down there. So we kind of went on the sideline and said, hey, if we call this play, this is what I’m expecting from you. And Martellus agreed. So that’s always nice when you know what the guy’s going to do, what his reaction is going to be to a defense, and he did a great job of doing the right thing on the same page and making a great catch.”
Bennett’s mindset when he came up in the end zone: “We were down and trying to get back in the game. We were only one touchdown away and there was still two minutes and change on the clock. That’s enough time to tie it up and win a game, so we were very excited for that. We came down, I think it was a 12-play drive, we scored, it took a little longer than we wanted but we got in the end zone. It was an exciting moment. We were still in the game.”
Bennett’s first experience in a fourth-quarter huddle with Manning: “Everybody in the huddle, on this offense, shows a lot of perseverance. So in the huddle nobody ever panicked. Everybody felt like we could make a play, but at the same time, we feel there is no reason for us to get behind the eight ball and we should try to keep ourselves out of that position.”
Outcome: Bennett’s first touchdown in a Giants uniform cut it to a one-possession game, but wasn’t enough as Dallas was able to pick up a first down on the ensuing possession and run out the clock. Giants lost 24-17.
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The following statement is from Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara on the passing of former Browns/Ravens owner Art Modell:
“Art Modell was one of the greatest owners in the history of the NFL. He contributed in so many ways to the success of this League and he deserves a place in Canton. More importantly, he was a decent man and a great friend to my family. We will miss him dearly.”
Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch:
“Art Modell was a visionary, a deal-maker and a friend. And he possessed a marvelous sense of humor. Our league and my father and our family benefitted from his great qualities and foresight. It was Art who formally introduced my father to Wellington Mara, which ultimately led to my father purchasing 50 percent of the Giants franchise. For that, and for Art’s good nature, we will always be grateful.”
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The opening loss to Dallas on Wednesday night was the first time since the 2010 season finale that the All-Pro defensive end didn’t have a sack against an NFC East team.
Of the six divisional games last year, Pierre-Paul got to the quarterback each time, 9.0 in total. He’s not concerned with individual stats, but being blanked spoke to a larger frustration during the Giants’ 24-17 loss.
“You win some and you lose some,” said Pierre-Paul, who had four tackles. “When you could have won, you get frustrated at that. But it is what it is. We’ve got to come in, we’ve got lots of work to do, and need to put it behind us and move forward and move onto the next game.”
The Giants had multiple chances to get off the field during the second half, but Tony Romo and the Cowboys offense managed to buy just enough time to keep drives alive.
During their three scoring drives in the second half that amounted to 17 points, the Cowboys managed to eat up 15:13 off the clock. For the game, Dallas controlled the time of possession 34:07 to 25:53.
“We’ve got some work to do,” Pierre-Paul said. “We’ve definitely got some work to do, and we’re never satisfied. We’ve got to get to work tomorrow, and we’re going to go over film and watch it. We definitely have some work to do.”
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