Giants await 'Boys' after physical win over Pittsburgh
Jaime C. Harris | 4/12/2011, 4:34 p.m.
They constantly say otherwise, but the Giants no longer have anything to prove. Playing with a constant chip on their
shoulders and an us-against-the-world mentality, the results are undeniable after their 21-14 win over Pittsburgh at Heinz Field.
So here comes the Dallas Cowboys, fresh off their barely 14-9 win over the Saints. At 5-3, the Cowboys trail the Giants
and 6-2 Washington in the NFC East and have a tenuous lead over 4-3 Philadelphia in what is clearly the league's toughest
division. Though they are struggling, they still remain a capable adversary.
Tony Romo, their Pro Bowl quarterback, is expected to miss his third consecutive game with a broken pinkie on his throwing hand, thus the Cowboys will likely be without their most important player. When Giants Coach Tom Coughlin was asked about his team's collective perspective on Romo's possible absence, he responded pragmatically: "I would not think there would be any kind of letdown. You are talking about only our second divisional game since game one [Washington]. The fact that we're moving back into the division and that it is the Dallas Cowboys, I would think we will be very excited about the game." After defeating the Steelers, the Giants are 6-1 and have won a remarkable 12 of their last 13 games on the road. Their accumulative net points advantage of 76 over opponents is second only to the Tennessee Titans' 94, who, at 7-0, are the lone undefeated team in the NFL. The physical manner in which the Giants handled the Steelers (5-2), a team with legitimate Super Bowl aspirations, in a venue that houses some of football's most loyal and passionate fans, was symbolic of their unparalleled fortitude. The defense abused Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, sacking the rugged signal caller ve times--led by defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka's three--banging him around all afternoon and intercepting four of his passes.
Most impressively, they shut out the Steelers over the nal 15 minutes. Meanwhile, the Giants' offense, testing the Steelers' league best statistical defensive unit, got the better of the battle by scoring 10 fourth quarter points, including the game-winning touchdown with 3 minutes and 11 seconds remaining. "Obviously, to go on the road in that environment...to be behind at the point of the game we were and then come back to win and play as physical and as strong as we did...that was a good win," said Coughlin the day after the victory. "But there are many, many games to go." The Cowboys will enter the Meadowlands this Sunday for the 4:15 p.m. kickoff as a struggling but still capable adversary.