The Dallas Cowboys left no room for doubt on Sunday Night Football as they annihilated the New York Giants with a resounding 40-0 victory who shattered records for inaptitude in the process.
The rain-soaked showdown at the Meadowlands became one of the most lopsided season-opening games in NFL history.
The last time such a lopsided victory occurred on opening day was in 1999 when the Pittsburgh Steelers demolished the Cleveland Browns 43-0 on the Browns’ return to Cleveland.
Quarterback Dak Prescott now secured his 11th consecutive victory over the Giants, but it was a total team effort in this one.
Giants quarterback Daniel Jones expressed his profound frustration and disappointment following the crushing defeat, stating, “We’re certainly frustrated and extremely disappointed with how we performed tonight. I know I certainly am with myself. A lot to work on and clean up. We’re going to be critical of ourselves and look to correct it and get back on the right page.”
QB Daniel Jones so far today:
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) September 11, 2023
The Giants’ loss was not just a defeat but a series of unprecedented misfortunes, as illustrated by staggering statistics from OptaSTATS:
- Lost the game by 40 points or more
- Lost the sack battle 7-0 or worse
- Lost the turnover battle 3-0 or worse
- Had a field goal blocked and returned for a touchdown
- Threw a pick-six
Remarkably, no other team in NFL history has experienced all five of these misfortunes in a single season, let alone in a single game.
Tonight the Giants:
-lost the game 40-0 (or worse)
-lost the sack battle 7-0 (or worse)
-lost the turnover battle 3-0 (or worse)
-had a FG blocked & returned for TD
-threw a pick-6
No other team in NFL history has had all 5 happen in the same season (let alone all in one game).
— OptaSTATS (@OptaSTATS) September 11, 2023
During the game, broadcaster Cris Collinsworth summed up the spectacle, saying, “Yeah. I mean, this is awful. I don’t know what else to say.”
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) September 11, 2023
The Cowboys’ resounding victory leaves them with a strong start to the season, while the Giants face a daunting task of regrouping and finding answers to their season-opening debacle.