"They were outstanding," he said. "I mean Corey Webster
has just done a terrific job. His interceptions setting us up, putting us in position; Butler, again, with an outstanding interception so there is no doubt that the interceptions, the fact that we had such a nice array of them a week ago and then again today. They are just so beneficial because against a very good defensive team you give yourself some field position, a short field, and that was very exciting for us today. I was so glad to see those guys do that."
All three of New York's INTs led to TDs; the perfect recipe for success.
"That takes a lot out of a team," said Webster, who now has three picks on the season. "It does give us great momentum on the offensive side of the ball and the defensive side of the ball. Coach has been preaching all year long. We got off to a slow start but lately we've been picking it up and we got our hands on a couple of balls and make the best out of every opportunity."
Webster explained exactly how he caused his two key turnovers, one coming in the first quarter and the next a period later.
"I was just trying to get my hands on it," he explained. "They have a talented group of receivers so we wanted to change up some of the timing at the line of scrimmage, so I just tried to get my hands on it. I was able to get my hands on the first one; I think he was running a slant or something like that and tried to put it in the end zone, came up a little short. The second one, (Jason) Witten was running a regular post corner route, I opened my vision up, I was on (Patrick) Crayton. I saw him trying to break out and I just made a play on the ball."
Webster's level of play continues to improve – and his teammates certainly have noticed.
"He's playing like a Pro Bowl corner," said Justin Tuck
, who increased his season total to 8.5 sacks with a 2.5-sack afternoon. "I don't see too many people catching passes on 2-3."
As for Butler, his pick set up New York's fourth TD that basically salted away the game early in the third quarter.
"I was in man-coverage and I saw the QB (Brooks Bollinger) look at Witten," he said. "Any turnover is a good turnover. The team that wins the turnover battle usually wins the game."
"Turnovers are huge," Aaron Ross
said. "They change the momentum. They drain a team and kill them basically."
While rookie Terrell Thomas
didn't feast at the interception buffet, he did deliver a crushing shot to Terrell Owens
, one that caused Thomas to suffer a stinger that temporarily put him out of the game.
After the game, he was still in search of his first career pick.
"Me and (Aaron) Ross are the only ones that haven't popped that cherry yet," Thomas said.
agreed that this was by far his best performance in a Giants uniform. And he knows why.
"It was the first time I got to play over 25 snaps," said Clark, who topped the Giants with nine tackles. "Now I feel like I'm a part of this defense. I feel like I actually contributed."
Clark received more playing time than expected, and he delivered.
"I think Danny Clark had a hell of a game," Antonio Pierce
After Brandon Jacobs
scored in the third quarter on a 12-yard run into the east end zone, he immediately ran to the edge of the stands in search of someone very special. Jacobs' mother was in town from Louisiana and he gave her the best possible gift: his TD ball.
The Giants improved to an NFC-best 7-1 overall and 5-0 at home. It is their best midseason record and their longest winning streak in Giants Stadium since 1990, when they were 8-0 and won their first seven home games.
The most serious of the Giants injuries appeared to be James Butler
's sprained knee. Kevin Boss
suffered an ankle injury, which didn't appear to be cause for concern.
It almost seemed like a game of ping pong. The Giants were in command leading 14-0 early in the second quarter when Eli Manning
fumbled the ball for no apparent reason and DeMarcus Ware recovered at the Giants 16-yard line. However, the momentum shift to Dallas was extremely short-lived. On the Cowboys' second play, Terrell Owens caught a short pass from Brad Johnson
and was stripped by Antonio Pierce. Michael Johnson
grabbed the loose ball at the Giants six and Big Blue was back in business, having dodged Dallas' first bullet.
If folks around the league continue to notice how well David Diehl
has been playing this season, it's only going to be a matter of time until he no longer qualifies for unsung status.
Marshall Faulk threw a big-time shout-out to Diehl on NFL GameDay Morning, when he labeled New York's left tackle as the best offensive player we don't know enough about.
"David Diehl is the offensive lineman you want," Faulk said. "He can play anything they need him to do. He hasn't missed a game since he's been there and they are averaging 5.1 rush yards no matter which back is in there."
Carney still getting kicks
Once again, John Carney
was handling the kicking duties for Big Blue against Dallas. That left a healthy Lawrence Tynes
on the inactive list for the eighth straight game. CB Kevin Dockery
was sidelined with a back injury and Gerris Wilkinson
was unable to go due to his knee. The rest of New York's inactive players were healthy scratches: PR/CB R.W. McQuarters
, RB Danny Ware
, OT Adam Koets
, WR Mario Manningham
and DE Jerome McDougle
Three interceptions is a basic ingredient to victory. Actually, it's only on rare occasions that a hat trick of picks isn't enough to chalk one up in the win column. Needless to say Tom Coughlin was very pleased with the play of Corey Webster, who had two interceptions, and James Butler, who notched the other.
Three interceptions is a basic ingredient to victory.