The defending Super Bowl champions had won all eight games on the NFL’s new Opening Night gimmick, they said. Defending champions had won their last 11 games, they said. The division rivalry had turned into a one-sided affair in recent years, they said. Well, these 2012 Dallas Cowboys weren’t listening, not even a little bit.
Led by heroes known and surprising, offensive and defensive, the Cowboys opened the new season with a huge win at Met Life Stadium; taking down the New York Giants 24-17. Streak busters. Dallas has started off each of the last two seasons at 0-1; not this year.
After starting off slow, the Jason Garrett offense engineered four consecutive scoring drives spanning the second through fourth quarters. 73 yards for a touchdown to end the half, 80 yards for a touchdown to start the second half, 65 yards for a field goal to re-establish a decent lead, 82 yards for a touchdown to seal the game. To do so while shooting themselves in the foot over and over again made things even more dramatic. A few years ago, when the Cowboys were actually making playoff appearances; they did so while overcoming penalties. It appears that they will once again be capable should the problem not correct itself.