Giants Nearly Give It Away, Hang On And Defeat Cowboys
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ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants are still undefeated at Cowboys Stadium after another comeback victory under Eli Manning’s watch.
None were quite like this one, the 20th time in Manning’s career the Giants rallied from behind in the fourth quarter.
Lawrence Tynes kicked two of his five field goals in the fourth quarter and the NFC East-leading Giants won 29-24 Sunday after blowing a 23-point lead — and before the Cowboys thought they had a game-winning play with 10 seconds left.
New York (6-2) led 23-0 just 2 minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third of four interceptions thrown by Tony Romo, and among six turnovers by Dallas (3-4).
But the Giants didn’t score again until Tynes made a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He added a 37-yarder with 3½ minutes left after Stevie Brown recovered a fumble, and yet that still wasn’t enough even though Brown had his second interception of the game after that.
It was a very tough examination of the Giants. Dallas got to the Giants 19 after Tynes’ last field goal. On fourth-and-1 with 1:03 left, Romo was scrambling when he threw the ball and it was picked off by Brown at the 17.
After New York failed to get a first down on three running plays and the Cowboys used all three of their timeouts, Dallas got the ball back with 44 seconds left at the 30. They got to the Giants 37 when Romo threw a pass that Dez Bryant caught between two defenders in the back of the end zone.
The play was ruled a touchdown, and the Cowboys and the fans celebrated even as Bryant remained on the ground after coming down hard on his rear end.
It was during that time that officials looked at the replay, which showed Bryant’s hand touched out of bounds first and made it an incompletion. The Cowboys still got three more plays after that, a 10-yard pass to Jason Witten, and an incompletion to Miles Austin before Romo’s pass on the final play of the game landed well out of the end zone.
The Giants are 4-0 at Cowboys Stadium, Jerry Jones’ football palace that opened in 2009 with a New York victory.
Manning completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards with one interception.
Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards while completing 36 of 62 passes with three 100-yard receivers. Witten broke his own Cowboys team record with 18 catches, which resulted in 167 yards. Austin had nine catches for 133 yards and Bryant had five catches for 110 yards.
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