I will say this about the #31/#35 thing at the end of the half -- it gave the Giants confidence. Their play was poor and the D Coordinator kind of sat there like a victim. But your O had lots of opportunities to pull away in the second half COMFORTABLY and did not.
Also a key confidence related issue, it was the Offense winning games all year in the second half. The fact they could not win the game when the D played ok is what is surprising. If I am there as a player and coach I am saying -- what the hell is wrong with the O? It was like your team strength was taken away so you where no at good overall.
OT: I found it strange that last year the Offense was blamed for many of the Cowboys short comings when it was really the Defense that blew up that team's chemistry. This year just the oppositte. To me the D played fine all season with no major breakdowns but Offense really blew the wheels off the vehicle in December and January.
Yet in the media, seems to talk it up the other way. Crazy talk.