It wasn't Romo, it wasn't the play of the offensive line, it wasn't the stifling defense that won the game in Carolina. It was none other than Jim Burt that won that game for us.
Burt called the next morning.
"I thought he was sick," Burt explained. "I said to him, 'Bill, what's wrong with you? You're white as a ghost, you're not moving. What are you doing? What's going on?' The team looked like (garbage) and instead of screaming at 'em, kicking them in the (rear), he's in la-la land.
"I knew I needed to come down," Burt said "Because he looked lifeless."
A Giant to a Cowboy in a flash.
The superstitious Parcells now wants Burt on the sidelines for the Washington game.
I never realized the potential seriousness of the injury that Marco Rivera suffered last year in Washington.
Talking about the play that almost killed him, Rivera held his thumb and index finger about an inch apart. That's how close he came to death, he said.
In what was the worst loss to the Redskins in franchise history, a 35-7 rout last December, Rivera lay motionless on the FedExField turf for about 10 minutes. With 1:39 remaining in the game, Rivera's body was numb. Attempting to make a block on a 3-yard Marion Barber run to the Washington 40, Rivera's head jammed into the turf.
He attempted to get up but fell limp.
"I was fortunate I didn't break my neck," Rivera said. "But if you look at the way I feel, I was that close from disaster. ... It was just weird. My arm, things went dead for a couple of seconds. I was hurting. I was out of it. Even though I tried to go the next couple of games, I was hurting."