Highlights of what the New York media and national media said after the Cowboys’ 24-17 win over the Giants:
Steve Serby (NY Post): When your elite quarterback is outplayed by Jerry Jones’ quarterback, you find yourself answering too many questions about a Super Bowl hangover when fans exiting MetLife Stadium were more ticked off about the Replacement Giants than the replacement refs.
Manning kept trying to win his chess game with Ryan, and found himself checkmated much too often for an elite quarterback to be checkmated.
On this opening night, the lasting image: Romo takes a knee.
“He’s a tremendous competitor, and a good quarterback and he made some great throws buying time, running around … he played well enough to win the game and made some big-time throws,” Manning said.
And kicked the Giants’ butts.
Gary Myers (NY Daily News): Tom Coughlin introduced his battle cry of “Build The Bridge,” during training camp, to build from the Super Bowl and carry the Giants right over into this season.
It was evident Wednesday night in the Giants’ season-opening loss to the Cowboys that, like most construction projects in New York, this one is way behind schedule. The lack of intensity the Giants showed against Dallas proved that this team needs an immediate attitude adjustment.
The Giants won the Super Bowl by getting their hands dirty; the way they played in the 24-17 loss to the Cowboys made it seem as if they still had their glitzy Super Bowl rings on their fingers.
If there was ever a case of a team playing with a Super Bowl hangover, this was it. By the time they decided to play and close to within seven points with 2:36 left, it turned out to be too late. The defense allowed Tony Romo to convert a crucial third-and-10 to Kevin Ogletree — he also scored two touchdowns — on the last play before the two-minute warning. Eli Manning never got the ball back in his hands to perform any last-minute magic.
Don Banks, SI.com: Make no mistake, this first night of the 2012 NFL season was a huge litmus test for the hotly debated Dallas quarterback. He needed to confront the recent demons that have haunted him in this stadium and against these Giants, and he needed to prove that his third trip here in the span of a mere 17 regular-season games would be the charm. All that hung in the balance was the Cowboys’ sense of self-respect in an NFC East rivalry that had grown lopsided of late, and perhaps Romo finally taking a vital step in erasing his reputation for not being able to win the biggest games, or get it done in crunch time.