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The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

Posted on: December 29, 2011 9:47 am
 
OPENING HIT: I remember a Giants player, linebacker Michael Brooks, telling me that the night before the Giants played Dallas in the biggest game of the year -- it was 1994 -- how it was impossible to sleep leading up to the game. Another Giants linebacker, Corey Miller, said after the loss it felt like a piece of him died.

This was almost 20 years ago. The Giants-Cowboys battle was for the division crown just like this weekend's game will be. I was a Giants beat writer and that contest remains one of the best games I've ever covered. It was a game that put Emmitt Smith on a Hall of Fame glide path as he destroyed the Giants for 168 yards on 32 carries. He also caught 10 passes for 61 yards and played the second half and overtime with a mild separation of his right shoulder. That game allowed Smith to get his third straight rushing title, gaining 1,486 yards for the season, 57 more than the rookie Jerome Bettis of the Los Angeles Rams.

Giants players after that game told me privately that they felt Smith exaggerated his injury but it didn't look that way to me. It looked like he was seriously hurt.

What that game did, what it might do this time around as well, is either start a playoff run or end a coaching tenure. My belief has long been that game propelled the two franchises into different directions. It launched the Cowboys' second Super Bowl win and cemented their dynasty and it was also the beginning of the end for Dan Reeves.

This game just might do the same. If Tom Coughlin wins the Giants could again be one of the most dangerous teams in the playoffs, Giant killers, just like when Coughlin won his first Super Bowl. And it might be the beginning of the end for the Dallas coach.

Conversely if Tony Romo, playing with an injured hand, can win, he can do a lot to build his image as a clutch quarterback.

It's rare to get a game like this at the end of the season and we actually have two of them: Denver facing Kansas City might even be a more dramatic contest.

But if this Cowboys-Giants game is anything like the one in 1994, well, this is going to be fun.
Category: NFL
Tags: Cowboys, Giants, NFL
 
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Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:44 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

"and possibly lose to the Lions at home"... giants will beat the lions, at home. Giants will be +2.5 to +1.5 home dogs in that game. The giants always roll, as underdogs. Is when they are FAVES, when they suck, look it up.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:48 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

lets not get it twisted...the game in 94 was not only for the division but also the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Both teams that played in the 94 game are so  much superior than the 2 teams that will be playing this Sunday night. The Cowboys were on their way to winning back to back Super Bowls that year with players like Emmitt Smith, Troy Aikman Michael Irvin, Moose Johnston, Jay Novacek, the best offensive line in football at the time along with defensive studs such as Charles Haley, Russell Maryland Tont Casillas, Ken Norton Jr, and Darren Woodson. The Giants still had Simms and LT even though both their careers were winding down.  Now, you have 2 teams who have good offenses with defenses with major flaws in it playing to see who goes 9-7 and get the chance to be the #4 seed in the playoffs and possibly lose to the Lions at home.



Since: Jan 9, 2007
Posted on: December 30, 2011 9:43 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

Funny how all eagles fans have left to do, is bash playoff teams,.. bc thats ALL they have left to do.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: December 30, 2011 1:13 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

this game is easy to predict. romo will find a way to lose it, and manning will find a way to win it.Laughing



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 30, 2011 12:02 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

as a giant fan for all of my 51 years , beating the cowboys was first on my list to do every season. with the playoffs on the line there will be no better victory this season than to make it to the post season and have the cowboy s go home



Since: Mar 25, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 5:17 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

If Cowboy and Giants fans can agree on one thing, it's that the eagles suck. Always have, always will.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: December 29, 2011 4:17 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

just as long as several players on each team suffers a severe injury.


Spoken like a true low class Eagles fan.  But then again, I've never heard of a "high class" Philly fan.  That would be an oxymoron. 



Since: Feb 3, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 12:16 pm
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

Typical whining SHEgals fan.  Go suck on your thumb and wait for the draft!



Since: Nov 21, 2007
Posted on: December 29, 2011 11:46 am
 

The Daily Shoutout: Giants-Cowboys circa 1994

Wah wah wah. Love hearing eagles fans whine about the dream team should be in the playoffs. Youre not going anywhere with that pansy Vick as qb. How many weeks did he miss with the same broken ribs that romo didnt miss a start with?


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Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: December 29, 2011 10:13 am
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