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Experts react to Giants' win over Cowboys


*Media experts react to the Giants following Sunday night's win over the Cowboys: *

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"The Giants defense, particularly Sunday night in Jersey, was sound and physical and full of fury. 'We played phenomenal,' said cornerback Janoris Jenkins. He's absolutely right. The Giants never let Dak Prescott breathe Sunday night.

"In three NFL seasons, Beckham has 34 touchdowns in 40 games. Make no mistake: On Sunday night, the Giants don't sweep the Cowboys without this play by [Odell] Beckham. The Giants joined the club Sunday night, the club of teams with a legitimate chance to play deep into January. The fortified defense will keep them in games like this one. The home-run hitter, Beckham, will win them.

"Defensive Player of the Week: Romeo Okwara, defensive end, New York Giants. Playing in place of the injured do-everything defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, Okwara, an undrafted free agent from Notre Dame, was terrific as JPP Jr. He led the Giants with eight tackles in the 10-7 win over the Cowboys on Sunday night, and he added his first career NFL sack and two more quarterback hits, plus a batted pass. The storyline before this game was that Pierre-Paul's absence would be a huge advantage for the [Cowboys]. It wasn't much of a factor at all, because of Okwara. Afterward, Okwara was asked what advice Pierre-Paul had for him before the game. 'He said to go out there and ball,' Okwara said. The new kid's good at following instructions."

"The Giants recipe to victory is pretty simple: Play solid defense, play solid special teams, and then pray that Eli Manning hits Odell Beckham with a long pass for a touchdown. The formula worked perfectly on Sunday night as the only big offensive play for the Giants was Manning's 61-yard touchdown pass to Beckham. The Giants defense did the rest, forcing three turnovers, and holding the Cowboys to a season-low in points and yardage (260). As a matter of fact, Sunday's game marked the first time all season the Cowboys were held below 17 points. Manning's three-turnover night (two interceptions, lost fumble) is the only reason that Giants aren't getting an 'A.'"

"What won't be as hotly discussed, but remains just as relevant coming out of Sunday night, is that the Giants' defense has twice now stymied the NFC's current top seed. In their first game since premier pass-rusher Jason Pierre-Paul was lost for the remainder of the regular season to a sports hernia, and with several NFC teams breathing down their necks in the wild-card race, the Giants delivered a defensive gem in a huge spot. They did not shut down rookie RB Ezekiel Elliott the way they did back in Week 1 (who could at this point?), but his 107-yard night was mostly harmless."

"The Giants shut down the Dallas passing attack, held the Cowboys to a ridiculous 1-of-15 on third down, and came away with the game's biggest play to seal a narrow victory. Ben McAdoo also managed the game better than his counterpart, with Jason Garrett mismanaging the clock just before halftime to end up with a field goal attempt that was narrowly out of Dan Bailey's range, and punting on a fourth-and-1 late in the fourth quarter with the league's best offensive line and running back."

"Odell Beckham Jr. only needed one play to steal the spotlight from the Dallas Cowboys' pair of celebrated rookies, sprinting to a 61-yard touchdown late in the third quarter to give the New York Giants a 10-7 victory." hands out game balls in Sunday's win over the Cowboys

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