East Rutherford, N.J. — The New York Football Giants began their Super Bowl Championship defense against the Dallas Cowboys on a Wednesday night in September with a 24-17 loss. It was the 101st meeting between the two teams. The New York Giants have been on the losing end more often than not with an overall record of 57-42-2 favoring the Dallas Cowboys in the matchup.
The already beat up Giants secondary took another hit. Michael Coe, the sixth year cornerback out of Alabama State, suffered a hamstring injury late in the third quarter and did not return to action. Coe was drafted in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Indianapolis Colts as the 173rd overall pick. The former Hornet, who made five tackles and deflected one pass, was making his first career NFL start for the defending Super Bowl Champions Giants in place of Prince Amukamara. Amukamara is nursing a high ankle sprain, he suffered the injury during training camp.
The Giants secondary was torched by Tony Romo, who competed 22 of 29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Romo, who averaged 10.6 yards per pass attempt, was only sacked twice the whole game.
The Giants defensive line wasn’t that big of a help, either. The defensive line only managed to get sacks from Rocky Bernard and third year player Linval Joseph.
The big story was the coming out party for Queens native Kevin Ogletree, who caught eight balls for 114 yards and 2 touchdowns for Dallas. Ogletree, who played his college ball for the University of Virginia Cavaliers, had a team high eleven targets and caught touchdowns for 10 and 40 yards respectively.
The Giants play next Sunday, September 16th at 1 pm, when they host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Metlife Stadium.