Giants, Cowboys tied up in East topknot Jets win battle of New York, 10-6

November 01, 1993|By Rick Gosselin | Rick Gosselin,Dallas Morning News

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The New York Giants lost a game but none of their swagger.

The New York Jets capitalized on a surprising rushing attack and an offensive meltdown by the Giants yesterday to claim a 10-6 victory over their New Jersey neighbor. That dropped the Giants to 5-2 and cost them sole possession of first place in the NFC East.

"I feel sorry for the team that has to play us next," Giants safety Greg Jackson said. "We should have won this game. This should motivate us. We don't feel we can lose two games in a row. We feel we're good enough to beat anybody."

But the Giants don't play just anybody next week. They play the Dallas Cowboys. At Texas Stadium. The same Cowboys who cashed in on the New York loss to move into a tie for first place in the division with a 23-10 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

"Right now, they're one of the best teams if not the best team in the National Football League," Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor said. "We have to play up to our capabilities against them [the Cowboys]. We didn't today."

Said Giants tight end Howard Cross: "We're still on top and we're going to stay on top. We had a bad day. Everybody's entitled to one."

Calling yesterday "a bad day" is quite the understatement, at least offensively. Four times the Giants moved inside the Jets' 10, but they could come away with just two David Treadwell field goals.

The Giants fumbled the ball away once at the Jets' 1 and had a touchdown nullified by a holding call on another visit to the Jets' 1.

The Jets scored the winning touchdown on Brad Baxter's 2-yard run, culminating an 18-play, 79-yard drive that took up 11:15 of the third quarter.

In the closing minutes, with a chance to win, the Giants sped downfield on the arm of Phil Simms. But after reaching the Jets' 6 with 57 seconds left, the drive fizzled and ended with the Jets batting down a fourth-down pass in the end zone.

The usually reliable Treadwell also missed a 38-yard attempt.

"They didn't beat us," Giants guard William Roberts said. "We gave the game away."

Roberts had a hand in the giveaway. A big hand. On a third-and-goal from the Jets' 1, Lewis Tillman swept left end and then ducked inside a block by Roberts on linebacker Marvin Jones for an apparent touchdown. But Roberts was detected holding on the play. The Giants had to settle for a field goal.

"Holding goes on on every play," Roberts said, "and that's the one they call."

The Giants made an emphatic statement on the opening drive of the game when they pushed the Jets from one end of the field to the other. The Giants ate up the game's first 11 minutes, moving 79 yards in 17 plays to the Jets' 1-yard line. But Simms and Tillman missed connection on a handoff, and Jones recovered for the Jets at the 1.

The Jets had to punt out of their end zone, and Louie Aguiar shanked it, giving the Giants the ball at the 30. That paved the way for Treadwell's first field goal, a 28-yarder.

But the Jets, who usually feed on the big plays in Boomer Esiason's arm, answered on the ground. They hammered away with Johnny Johnson and Baxter, who combined for 40 yards to set up Cary Blanchard's 21-yard field goal that tied the score.

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