The Cowboys had
twice decked the Giants on the way to the NFC East title. But in the third
meeting it was New York that delivered the knockout. After Romo lit up the
Giants for eight TDs in the regular season, keeping many plays alive with his
feet, the Giants added several blitzes to their pressure package. They sacked
Romo twice in the fourth quarter and harassed him to the point that the
defensive line could hear him as he tried to make adjustments. "I think he
was getting a little worried," said defensive end Osi Umenyiora. "He
was telling Marion Barber to chip [block] me."
Giants dressed amid laughter, Pierce asking for popcorn with butter and salt, a
reference to Dallas wideout Terrell Owens's oft-mentioned snack recommendation.
McQuarters walked off clutching the football he'd snagged from Romo, planning
to give it to his son, Rylan Wynter, who turned eight on Sunday. One after
another the Giants followed him toward the team buses, their ninth straight
road win behind them, underdogs chugging north toward Lambeau with a possible
final stop in Glendale, Ariz.
"I heard we
were supposed to be scared," Snee said, lobbing one last volley toward the
Cowboys. "There was no one scared in this locker room, and there will be no
one scared next week."