Originally posted on MoeJackson:
Football is back baby! For Cowboys fans, such as myself, it couldn’t have happened in a more exciting fashion. Last night the Dallas Cowboys beat the defending SB champion New York Giants 24-17 in their own turf to kick off the 2012 NFL season. Most football fans around the country expected the Giants to win, rightfully so because this was the first time in 9 years that the defending champion loses at home in a mid-week kick off game. Both teams looked a bit shaky to start the game, failing to score during the 1st quarter but by halftime both teams were showing life on offense. The Giants didn’t play that bad but they made mistakes at crucial times, a couple of dropped passes and a fumble kept them from advancing promising scoring drives. For the Giants it was just one of those games that they’d like to have back.
The Cowboys on the hand, overcame penalties and an early interception thrown by Tony Romo to take the first victory of the season. Aside from the interception, Romo had an excellent game (22-29, 307 yds, 3 TDs) and was able to make plays down the field. Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray had a strong second half but the story for the Cowboys was the performance of breakout wide receiver Kevin Ogletree (pictured above) last night. The Cowboys weren’t even sure who their 3rd receiver would be during the preseason but after Ogletree’s performance (8 rec, 114 yds, 2TDs) I think it’s safe to say that he’s earned that starting role. In the second half the Cowboys put together drives that kept the Giants offense and their play makers off the field because no matter what, Eli Manning (21-32, 213 yds, 1TD) always has a chance of coming back.