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New York Giants: Secondary Played Much Better Than Expected

Tim Heitman — USA Today Sports

When you look at Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo’s numbers, you would think he had a fairly successful day against the secondary of the New York Giants. However, despite a lack of pass rush throughout the game, the Giants’ secondary hung in there and made plays.

More importantly, they made tackles and didn’t allow the Cowboys to get many yards after the catch.

One of the players who stood out was safety Ryan Mundy. Filling in for an injured Stevie Brown, Mundy had an interception that was almost returned for a touchdown as well. While Mundy was defending Jason Witten when he scored his second touchdown of the game, it was still solid coverage and just a better play by Witten.

Defensive back Aaron Ross came in when Prince Amukamara was hurt with a head injury when he and Mundy collided. Ross came in and did an excellent job in coverage. Corey Webster, who gave up a ton of big plays last year, was solid in coverage — and we barely heard his name throughout the night.

Lastly, Terrell Thomas, back playing football for the first time since the 2010 season after multiple surgeries to repair a torn ACL, played the slot very well. Antrel Rolle was flying to the football and making key tackles, making it a great day for the Giants overall.

The play that illustrated the Giants’ good play from the secondary came on a third-down play late in the fourth quarter. The Cowboys needed to pick up another first down in order to keep the game at 30-24 and keep the ball. Romo threw a quick pass to Dez Bryant short of the first-down line.

While it appeared Bryant would’ve been able to get the yards necessary to move the chains, Mundy swooped in quickly to make a very good tackle, enabling the Giants’ offense to get back on the field.

There are positives and negatives to take from the season-opening loss for the Giants. One of those positives is the play from the secondary. They have to keep it up.