NFC East

Tony Romo Injury: Hand Contusion Gives Giants Edge in NFC East Title Game

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 24:  Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the sidelines with an injured hand against the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on December 24, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 25, 2011

Today couldn't have gone any better for the New York Giants.

To stay in contention for the NFC East championship, the Giants needed to win their final two games, starting today with the New York Jets.

The Giants manhandled Mark Sanchez and the Jets on their way to a 29-14 victory.

With the victory, the Giants not only stayed alive in the hunt for the NFC East title, but they eliminated the Philadelphia Eagles from contention.

That didn't mean that Philadelphia was about to lay down in their game against Dallas.

Not only did the Eagles crush the Cowboys, but they may have given the Giants a big edge for their showdown next weekend.

On the first drive of the game, Tony Romo hit his hand on defensive end Jason Babin's helmet while attempting a pass.

Romo went back to the locker room for a bit before returning with what is reported to be a hand contusion.

Once news surfaced that the Giants won their game, many of the Cowboys' starters left the game. Romo didn't return.

It's extremely unlikely that anybody but Romo will be under center next week when the Giants and Cowboys play for the East.

However, if the swelling is bad enough on his throwing hand, it could cause for some problems during the game.

The Giants and Cowboys have obvious holes in their secondaries. It is the weakness of both defenses.

In week 14 when the two teams played, Manning had 400 passing yards and two touchdowns. Romo threw for 321 yards and four touchdowns in the game.

It's likely that this game will be another shootout. Both quarterbacks are going to have to be at the top of their game if they are going to take their team to the playoffs.

The edge may not be huge, but this injury does give the Giants a slight advantage heading into Week 17 with the division on the line.

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