Tonight the ball will drop in Times Square. Tomorrow night, the ball will be in the air when the Dallas Cowboys play the Giants for the right to represent the NFC East in the 2011 NFL Playoffs.
Dallas comes into this game stumbling, having only one regular running back (Felix Jones, who is fighting a hamstring injury), their MLB Sean Lee (wrist, illness) hurting and their two most recognizable stars (QB Tony Romo, OLB DeMarcus Ware) less than 100%.
The Giants will have all of their starters except one – TE Jake Ballard (knee) – and will welcome back DE Osi Umenyiora, who has been out the past month with an ankle injury.
The two teams face each other for the second time in four weeks: the Giants won at the gun in Dallas, 37-34, in Week 14. This time the stakes will be a tad bit higher. It is a playoff “play-in” game: one team is moving on, the other is going home.
“The Dallas Cowboys are the Cowboys. We are the Giants. We played each other a couple of weeks ago,” Tom Coughlin said F...