Since that game, the Dallas Cowboys have gone a flawless 11-0 and are now the number one seed in the NFC and the number one seed overall.
"We were anxious about him, " a source told me shortly after Whitehead finally showed up to the facility, about three hours later than suspected, and was nearly immediately sent home along with a decision from coach Jason Garrett that Whitehead would not travel here to NY and would not play in the critical Cowboys-at-Giants game on Sunday night. According to an SB Nation report, the Cowboys are coming into this game on one of the best roles in National Football League history, while the Giants look to do something no one else has been able to do this year, except for them - and that's defeat the Dallas Cowboys.
Three months later, NY doesn't exactly seem surprised that Prescott has led the Cowboys to a comfortable division lead with a strong chance to secure home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs. We hear a lot about windows for championship in the National Football League, but the truth is that there is no window, there is only one season at a time. Manning may be inconsistent, and he might throw some picks, but he's also very capable of putting up some big yardage, especially if the Giants have to chase the game.
PREDICTION: If the Giants can generate a pass rush and find a spark in their running game, the keep-away approach could serve them well for a second time this season.
"To me personally when you are not on the field and seeing what that defense does, that makes all the difference in the world", he said. The Seahawks have moved him around their formations, splitting him out to take on small slot corners and utilizing him as an in-line tight end to run circles around linebackers. Bryant managed just one catch for eight yards in that game. Two other passes directed his way were intercepted.
But the critics fail to understand the point; Lucky posted with pride his 2 a.m. party status, then later deleted the post - a suggestion that he was on the verge of crossing a behavioral line - and maybe the desire to call attention to himself was part of the fuel that led to the problem in the first place.
It was the kind of frustrating night that might have spawned a temper tantrum from Bryant the last couple of seasons. They added Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in 2014 and drafted safety Landon Collins in the second round of the 2015 draft.
This was big stuff for the undrafted rookie from Notre Dame. Meanwhile, this was only Manning's second game against rookie Prescott and the Giants quarterback fell into an old habit. "Offense, we stuck with the run, had a chance to accumulate some runs and it's encouraging to get out of here with a win".
Manning was 17 for 28 for 193 yards, one TD, one interception and two fumbles.
They can win fast or slow, ugly or pretty, through the air or on the ground.
"It's not his, it's ours", Bryant said of the fault.
"I thought our defense played as well as I have seen them play this year. You gotta give it to them".
Elliott didn't break anything longer than 15 yards Sunday night.
"Man, it's just an unfortunate situation".
Bryant was at a loss for words to explain the performance. "I can't believe it came out, but it did. So, we went out there, set the edge, built a wall, and played every down with our eyes open".
Consider the Giants firmly and securely planted in the Cowboys' heads, if there happens to be a third date between the two scheduled for sometime next month.
They couldn't capitalize, and punted back to the G-men after three short plays.
Rookie quarterback Dak Prescott entered the night having thrown 19 touchdown and two interceptions in 368 pass attempts this year.
"It was just a comfort thing", he said.