UPDATED (12:20 a.m.)
Here are some quotes from Terrell Owens' post-game press conference:
Did ESPN take it too far with its reporting last week?
"No... well yeah. I think Ed Werder did. I don't know where he got his information, but it was a lie. It's unfair. I had to deal with this all week. Like I said, I don't know where he's getting his sources from and whatever his source was, they told a blatant lie."
"I don't know what his sources are talking about. He's making accusations as if he's on the practice field. I'm clueless as to what his sources are. For me I think that's a lack of professionalism in my eyes."
Did he have an altercation with Jason Witten?
"I don't know where that came from either. They say we went to blows with each other and I don't understand where that came from either."
Did the media coming down on the team help them come together?
"I'm used to it. Everybody's gonna criticize me. They're gonna say this and that. I got some broad shoulders. I'm strong enough. I blocked it out. I went out and played."
Did he hear the fans booing him?
"That's alright. Only people I'm concerned about are my family and they're right outside. They can boo me all they want to. It don't matter."
Does he worry that his coaches or teammates are the ones that are the sources?
"If it is, that's sad because we're supposed to be a family... so maybe I'm being fooled."
How ironic would it be to have to beat the Eagles for a playoff spot?
"Hey, we'll deal with that when the time comes."
Cowboys 20, Giants 8 (immediate post-game thoughts)
Bizarre game tonight in Dallas, which resulted in a 20-8 win for the Cowboys over the Giants.
After the Tony Romo-Jason Witten-Terrell Owens love/hate triangle last week, all eyes were on the Cowboys' offense. Romo threw an incompletion intended for Witten with his first pass. And on Dallas' first series, Romo found a wide-open Owens, but T.O. dropped the ball, drawing boos from the crowd at Texas Stadium. According to the broadcast, Owens was booed during pre-game introductions also.
Romo was hit hard all game, suffering a back contusion in the first half, according to the NBC broadcast. Brad Johnson was even reportedly warming up. But Romo didn't miss any time, and the Cowboys rode a strong defensive effort to victory. With the win, Dallas improves to 9-5 on the season. The Cowboys control their own fate for a wild-card spot. If they win out (remaining games vs. the Ravens and at the Eagles), the Cowboys are in.
The Dallas defense sacked Eli Manning eight times and allowed just 72 yards against the Giants' rushing attack, which was without Brandon Jacobs. Dallas' 'D' allowed just 13 points last week against the Steelers and delivered another strong outing in this one, surrendering just a pair of field goals.
As for the Romo-Witten-Owens saga, pre-game reports said T.O. told Witten not to speak to him, but the two players were seen communicating throughout the game. Neither put up huge numbers. Witten had five catches for 44 yards. Owens had three for 38. All three players were interviewed after the game by NBC's Andrea Kremer. Romo joked that Owens and Witten did a good job of drumming the whole thing up last week. Witten said he didn't know how he got caught in the middle of it. He's just the tight end. And T.O. blamed the whole saga on a lack of professionalism by ESPN's Ed Werder (see above).
Meanwhile, the Giants no longer look like they are a level above the rest of the NFC. New York's offensive line struggled mightily, Manning took a pounding, and they couldn't run the ball. Right tackle Kareem McKenzie left the game with an injury. The Giants play the Panthers next weekend on Sunday night, and the winner gets the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. New York has lost back-to-back games after starting out the season 11-1.