After dropping six straight to begin the year, the Giants had won four in a row and seemed poised for one of their patented last-season runs. The Cowboys, meanwhile, were hovering around .500, as they've been known to do, and all that remained was their imminent collapse (as they've also been known to do).
But Tony Romo had different ideas Sunday at MetLife Stadium, and he orchestrated a late-game drive that set up Dallas' game-winning field goal. The victory moved the Cowboys to 6-5 and in a first-place tie with the Eagles in the division. New York fell to 4-7 and as has been the case for most of the season, they came away from the game with more questions than answers.
The Cowboys also had questions, also about the Giants. Specifically: Why were they talking so much trash?
“They talked and they talked and they talked,” Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick said, according to the New York Post. “I've never in my life heard a team that was 4-6 talk like that. We were 5-5, and we knew we had no room to talk.”
In the days leading up to the game, Cowboys coach Jason Garrett urged his team to ignore Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, who said that "there would be a lot of blood spilled out there."
Then, during pregame, the Giants intentionally interrupted the Cowboys' midfield meeting, which led to pushing and shoving before the officials intervened.
“I don't know what the hell that was,” Scandrick said of JPP's comments and the midfield scrum. “You just need to be quiet sometimes and do your talking with your play. I feel like it started as soon as the game ended for them last Sunday.
“Jason Pierre-Paul was like, ‘There's going to be bloodshed.' Did he even record a stat on the final stat sheet?'''
For the record, JPP had a single tackle on the day.
“They have a great coach,” Scandrick continued, referring to Tom Coughlin. “I don't have any earthly idea why he let them talk like that.”
"Action speaks louder than words," he said, "so we went out there and did what we were supposed to do tonight. They talked the talk. They had to back it up, and they didn't. We came out with the victory. We came into their house and took it from them."
Hatcher also posted this photo to Instagram from the Cowboys' locker room after the game with the caption, "They say blood would be shed. Just finished eating a Giant."
Now that's how you talk trash.
In related news, Justin Tuck tweets along his well wishes to Cowboys fans.
And for all the cowboy fan on my TL pic.twitter.com/eJBOZUKBSt— Justin Tuck (@JustinTuckNYG91) November 25, 2013