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The first and only meeting of the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants remains the obvious choice for the greatest game played between these two teams in the last 12 years.
The Giants came into Dallas heavy underdogs, with Dallas fresh off the heels of a franchise-best 13-3 season in which the Cowboys defeated the G-Men handily in both matchups 45-35 and 31-20.
After a promising start, a mistake and penalty marred first half left the Cowboys tied with the Giants at 14 going into the half.
Midway through the third quarter, Tony Romo finally seemed to jump start the offense and started to methodically march towards the end zone.
The Cowboys drove the ball deep into Giants territory, but a dropped pass in the end zone and a false start penalty killed any momentum the Cowboys amassed, and the Cowboys had to shamefully settle for a field goal on a drive that took up 8:07 of the third quarter.
Down 17-14, R.W. McQuarters stepped up huge and picked Tony Romo, returning it 25 yards to the Dallas 37.
Eli took advantage of the beneficial field position and marched the Giants down the field for a Brandon Jacobs touchdown to go up 21-14...with 13:29 left in the fourth quarter.
The Cowboys and Giants then proceeded to play football of such poor quality for a majority of the fourth quarter that the FCC made an in game recommendation that children under 16 years old stop watching.
Then it was Romo's chance to shine. Down by four, at home, in the playoffs against a bitter division rival, Tony Romo took over the ball with 1:50 left in the game.
Orchestrating play after play, Romo seamlessly drove the Cowboys down to the Giants 21 with 33 seconds left. A story book ending and the Cowboys first playoff win in 11 years seemed all but inevitable.
However, the following four downs went as follows: false start, short pass in bounds that forced the Cowboys to burn last time out, incomplete pass in the end zone when Patrick Crayton gave up on a seemingly catchable ball, and an R.W. McQuarters interception on 4th-and-13 with only seconds remaining.
The Giants went on to win two more road playoff games before pulling off the biggest upset in the history of the Super Bowl by defeating the 18-0 New England Patriots.
The Cowboys suffered yet another disappointing end to a promising season, and became the first No. 1 seed to lose in the divisional round since this format was created in 1990.