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New York Giants defensive back Kenny Phillips (21) reacts to a penalty call by replacement referee Peter Shafer on a play against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of their NFL preseason football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, August 24, 2012. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS)
New York Giants defensive back Kenny Phillips (21) reacts to a penalty call by replacement referee Peter Shafer on a play against the Chicago Bears in the first quarter of their NFL preseason football game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, August 24, 2012. (RAY STUBBLEBINE/REUTERS)

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Giants favoured over Cowboys in NFL opener Add to ...

WEDNESDAY

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants, 8:30 p.m., TSN, NBC.

DALLAS -  plus 4

The 2011 Cowboys campaign came to an early end at the hands of the hated Giants in the regular-season finale, and watching Eli Manning and Co. use that as a springboard to Super Bowl success will have done little to temper the animosity between these long-time National Football Conference East rivals.

The pick: GIANTS

BY THE NUMBERS

DALLAS (8-8) At NEW YORK GIANTS (13-7)

 

Record vs. The Spread — Dallas 5-10-1; NY Giants 12-8.

Series Record — Cowboys lead 56-42-2

AP Pro32 Ranking — Giants, No. 3; Cowboys, No. 15.

Last Meeting — Giants beat Cowboys 31-14, Jan. 1

Cowboys Offence — OVERALL (11), RUSH (18), PASS (7)

Cowboys Defence — OVERALL (14), RUSH (7), PASS (23)

Giants Offence — OVERALL (8), RUSH (32), PASS (5)

Giants Defence — OVERALL (27), RUSH (19), PASS (29)

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Rematch of regular-season finale Giants won to capture NFC East en route to title run. ... Cowboys are NFL-best 34-17-1 (.663) on kickoff weekend. ... QB Tony Romo threw for 4,184 yards last season with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. Has had four straight 100-plus QB ratings vs. Giants. ... TE Jason Witten has 444 catches, most by NFL TE and has led Cowboys in receptions five years in row. WR Dez Bryant has five TDs in four games vs. Giants. ... WR Miles Austin has TD reception in two of past three games vs. New York. ... LB DeMarcus Ware has 25 1 / 2 sacks in past 19 games, and his 91 1 / 2 sacks since 2006 are most in NFL. LB Sean Lee led team with career-high 131 tackles and four interceptions last season. ... Giants have 49 wins in home openers, tied for second most all-time. ... Tom Coughlin (65) is oldest coach to win Super Bowl. ... QB Eli Manning is fifth player to win two Super Bowl MVPs. He set team-record with 4,933 yards passing and had 15 fourth-quarter TD passes, most in season in NFL history. ... Is 5-1 in past six vs. Cowboys with 101.6 rating. ... RB Ahmad Bradshaw ran for TD and caught one in last game. ... WRs Victor Cruz (team-record 1,536 yards receiving) and Hakeem Nicks (1,192) are first set of Giants to each record 1,000-plus yards receiving in same season. ... Cruz had club-record seven 100-yard games last season. ... DE Jason Pierre-Paul had 16 1 / 2 sacks last season, joining Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan as only Giants with 16-plus sacks in season. He had three sacks, safety, forced fumble and blocked field last season vs. Dallas.

 

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