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Giants Receivers Manningham and Smith Stomp On The Star

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 13:  Mario Manningham #82 of the New York Giants runs in a second quarter touchdown against the Washington Redskins on September 13, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
AJ CusimanoCorrespondent ISeptember 21, 2009

Tonight the NY Giants found a passing game, and quieted a crowd in excess of 105,000 on the opening night for the Dallas Cowboys new stadium.  Tonight was to be the coronation and the return of the Cowboys to greatness. 

All of the ring of honor stars were in attendance, and everyone was ready to pounce on the New York Giants.

The Dallas Cowboys came into the game focused on stopping the running of Brandon Jacobs, and believed that accomplishing that would assure them of victory.  In so doing, they showed their lack of respect for the Giants ability to win through the air.

Led by Mario Manningham, Steve Smith and Eli Manning, the Giants accumulated 330 net passing yards. 

Mario Manningham (10 catches for 150 yards and 1 TD) and Steve Smith (10 catches for 134 yards and 1 TD) have proved that the loss of Plaxico Burress is an old story, left in the disappointment of the 2008 season.

Of course the big story was how the NY Giants time and time again quieted the crowd. 

Led by 4 turnovers committed by Dallas, the Giants defense played well enough to keep the pressure on Romo.  The only downside of this game was the continuing weak red zone performance of the Giants offense.

The poor play of Tony Romo provided the Giants with many opportunities to score touchdowns, but the inefficiency in the red zone is what hurt the Giants offense.  In all, the Giants were 0-5 in the red zone and came away with six points in the first half on their red zone opportunities, and a missed field goal in the second half.

However, at the end of the day, the  Dallas Cowboys supporters went home disappointed.  The ring of honor attendees went home disappointed.  Jerry Jones saw his team lose to a divisional opponent, at home, on the opening of his new stadium.

Tonight, Mario Manningham and Steve Smith stomped on the star at Jerryville Stadium.

 

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