And Cowboys wide receiver Kevin Ogletree—who had eight catches for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns—was the difference, just like we all predicted. For the Giants, it was just a sloppy game. On offense, they couldn’t run the ball and their receivers dropped a ton of passes. On defense, NYG’s cornerbacks had trouble matching up with the Dallas receivers, although the fact that Michael Coe had to leave the game in the fourth quarter due to a hamstring injury, putting him on the bench with fellow cornerbacks Terrell Thomas and Prince Amukamara, certainly didn’t help. From the AP, via ESPN.com:
Tony Romo threw for three touchdowns, two to new-found favorite receiver Kevin Ogletree, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Super Bowl champion New York Giants 24-17 on Wednesday night in the NFL season opener. Dallas outplayed its division rival nearly all game, reversing its loss to the Giants on New Year’s Day that set up their run to the title last season. Ogletree, the Cowboys’ third wideout, scored on passes of 10 and 40 yards, Miles Austin had a leaping 34-yard score and DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards, including a spectacular 48-yard romp in the third quarter. The replacement officials were not the feared focal point many expected as the game was called without any blatant errors or ugly controversy. Despite the closeness of the final score, it really wasn’t that tight.