At the end of the first half of Sunday night’s NFC East title game at MetLife Stadium, the Giants have a dominating 21-0 lead over the Cowboys. Let’s take a look back at the good, the bad and the ugly from the opening 30 minutes of football.
THE GOOD: Some 25-year-old undrafted receiver by the name of Victor Cruz -- who didn’t make the Pro Bowl -- opened the scoring at the 4:57 mark of the first quarter with a 74-yard touchdown catch. Cruz got a great pick block from fellow wideout Hakeem Nicks, and outran defensive backs Terrence Newman and Gerald Sensabaugh into the end zone. His famous “Silk City Salsa” dance followed. Cruz now has five TD catches of 65-plus yards. Incredible. ... Eli Manning easily picked apart Dallas’ porous secondary, going 15-for-20 for 199 yards and two touchdowns. The Giants have sacked Tony Romo three times. JPP recorded sack No. 16.5. Osi also has one. ... The Giants’ run game (16 carries, 78 yards) picked it up late. Ahmad Bradshaw ripped off a 29-yard jaunt with 2:44 to go in the second quarter. He should’ve been brought down by Abraham Elam on his five-yard score, but somehow Elam missed him and he got in for six. ... The Giants are out-gaining the Cowboys, 277-89.
THE BAD: The fact that Cruz wasn’t on the Pro Bowl ballot. ... Return man Will Blackmon muffing a punt in the first with 2:54 left, which should’ve been recovered by Alan Ball. Brandon Jacobs fumbling at the Cowboys 14 and losing nine yards because of Manning’s diving recovery. Three plays later, Lawrence Tynes missed a 40-yard field goal.
THE UGLY: The Cowboys, who have played with absolutely zero sense of urgency.