The Dallas Cowboys are 1-0 after defeating the defending Super Bowl Champions, the New York Giants, on Wednesday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
In what was a very defensive game through the first half, Giants’ kicker Lawrence Tynes scored the first points of the 2012 NFL season with a 22-yard field goal in the second quarter--finishing a drive that began when Michael Boley intercepted Tony and returned the ball to the Dallas two-yard line.
Dallas took the lead with a little over a minute left in the half, as Romo capped a seven-play, 73-yard drive with a touchdown pass to Kevin Ogletree, to make it 7-3, which would stand as the score at half.
Ogletree and Romo only continued to impress in the second half. Romo hit Ogletree for a 40-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter, to give Ogletree his second receiving touchdown of the night and put Dallas ahead of the defending champs at 14-3.
New York wouldn’t roll over, of course. Ahmad Bradshaw hit paydirt with a 10-yard run in response to the Dallas score, but on Wednesday night, the Cowboys were prepared to answer. Dan Bailey hit a 33-yard field goal near the end of the third, and Romo hit Miles Austin on a 34-yard touchdown pass in the fourth to extend the Dallas lead to 24-10 with just over six minutes left.
Former Cowboy Martellus Bennett caught a touchdown pass in response to bring the score to 24-17, but Romo hit Ogletree--who sure looked like his new favorite target on Wednesday night--for 13 yards to clinch the season-opening win. Romo kneeled on the ball after the Ogletree completion and, just like that, Dallas is 1-0.
The Cowboys will travel to Seattle to take on the Seahawks in week two.
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