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Three Phases: Cowboys-Giants



    Three Phases: Cowboys-Giants
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    EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 23: Dez Bryant #88 of the Dallas Cowboys scores the game winning touchdown in the fourth quarter against Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #21 of the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 23, 2014 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

    Every week, we'll grade the Cowboys on the three phases of the weekend's game.

    Offense: A

    The first half saw Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant all held in check, but in the second half? That told a different a story. Murray got his typical 100-yard rushing game, Bryant caught two touchdown passes, including the game-winner in the final minute, and Romo was simply spectacular. Like always, a lot of that came back to the unsung big boys up front, who gave Romo all kinds of time, specifically on that game-winning touchdown pass.

    Defense: B

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    The first half was an awful display for the Cowboys defense. The second half was much different, as the unit adjusted to being burned on a routine basis by rookie phenom Odell Beckham Jr. They also started getting pressure on Eli Manning and it resulted in some rare sacks and some not-so-rare poor throws from Manning. Barry Church was in the right place at the right time after one of those awful throws, but Church made it count with an interception in the end zone to prevent a Giants score and set up a Cowboys one.

    Special teams: B

    Coverage was solid, Dwayne Harris was solid in the return game. Chris Jones had two punts inside the 20, and the field goal kicking robot did his thing. It was nothing spectacular, but it was definitely not bad.

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