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Giants drop Cowboys, punch ticket to NFC Championship

The Dallas Cowboys were eliminated from the NFC Playoffs on Saturday night in Los Angeles, falling to the Rams by a score of 30-22, leaving them with just four playoff wins since 1995.

As the Cowboys and their fans are left to commiserate, we here at Giants Wire decided to throw a little salt in the wounds by looking back in time to another big divisional playoff loss for Jerry Jones’ crew — a 21-17 loss to Big Blue in Big D back in 2007.

At the time, the Giants were nothing more than a wildcard team coming off of an ugly win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Cowboys were solid favorites and the organization felt so certain they were going to win, Jones purchased tickets to Green Bay for all of his players.

The Giants had caught wind of Jones’ robust confidence, and while they didn’t make a big stink over it, they did make the coaching staff and players aware.

The game itself opened in exciting fashion for the Giants, as quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver Amani Toomer for a 52-yard touchdown on their first drive of the game.

In the second quarter, the Cowboys went up, 14-7, thanks to touchdowns courtesy of wide receiver Terrell Owens and running back Marion Barber. But they couldn’t hold onto that lead going into halftime as Manning engineered a successful 2:00 drill with just :53 remaining, capping the drive off with a four-year touchdown pass to Toomer.

In the third quarter, the Cowboys would go up again thanks to a 34-yard field goal from Nick Folk, but running back Brandon Jacobs took the lead back for the Giants early in the fourth quarter, plunging in from one-yard out to recapture a 21-17 lead.

From that point forward, the game would evolve into a stressful, nail-biting battle of field position and key defense. The score would remain in place until the waning moments when the Cowboys, led by quarterback Tony Romo, had the ball with time ticking down and a chance to send the Giants home with their tail between their legs.

Instead, veteran cornerback R.W. McQuarters would haul in the game-sealing interception in the endzone, sending the Giants to an NFC Championship showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

After the game, an emotional Terrell Owens was immortalized in meme form forever when he decried, while actually crying, “that’s my quarterback” in defense of a heavily-criticized Romo.

Meanwhile, the Giants took one parting shot at the Cowboys, Jones and their unused NFC Championship Game tickets.

“Yeah, we heard about that,” center Shaun O’Hara said via the New York Daily News at the time. “Feel free to send them over to the Meadowlands. We’ll take them.”

“My reaction was I was hoping they had a rebate program,” Justin Tuck said.

In 2017, a still-humbled Jerry Jones acknowledged that the 2007 divisional loss still haunts him.

“There’s just a little of me that thinks we thought we had New York sized up because we had beaten them twice,” Jones told USA TODAY, reflecting back on the loss.

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