Final

Giants 29

(6-2, 3-1 away)

Cowboys 24

(3-4, 1-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:25 PM ET, October 28, 2012

AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX 

1 2 3 4 T
NYG 13 10 0 629
DAL 0 10 14 024

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 437 YDS, 1 TD, 4 INT

Rushing: A. Bradshaw (NYG) - 22 CAR, 78 YDS

Receiving: J. Witten (DAL) - 18 REC, 167 YDS

Giants lose 23-point lead, then escape Cowboys

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Eli Manning stood on the New York Giants' sideline in disbelief when it looked as if the Dallas Cowboys had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left.

What was encouraging is what he didn't see: a replay on the giant videoboard that hangs above the field at Cowboys Stadium, where the Giants still never have lost following a wild 29-24 victory Sunday.

Officials reviewed and overturned Dez Bryant's apparent 37-yard touchdown catch, ruling his hand hit out of bounds, and the Cowboys couldn't get into the end zone after the overturned reception.

"I couldn't quite believe they were able to hit a touchdown in that situation. I kind of kept looking for the replay," Manning said. "You know the game was not going to be over until that clock hit zero."

This was the 20th time in Manning's career that the Giants rallied in the fourth quarter to win. And this comeback came after New York blew an early 23-0 lead.

"It speaks about our resiliency. We know how to win these games," receiver Victor Cruz said. "We've been in a bunch of them."

After their sixth win in seven games since a season-opening home loss to Dallas, the Giants (6-2) hurriedly cleared out of Cowboys Stadium trying to get home as quickly as possible with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast.

The Giants are 4-0 in Arlington since Jerry Jones' football palace opened in 2009 with a New York victory.

"I'm very disappointed right now," Jones said. "I thought after all that, our defense played well enough, our offense kept going and I thought we were going to get a chance to pull one out."

Coupled with Sunday losses by Philadelphia (3-4) and Washington (3-5), the Giants strengthened their hold on the NFC East lead halfway through their schedule.

New York 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 Dallas (3-4) finished with six turnovers.

But the Giants didn't score again until Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He kicked a 37-yarder with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth for his fifth of the game.

Stevie Brown set up Tynes' last field goal with a fumble recovery and also had two interceptions.

"We have good leadership, good people," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "They're fighters in that locker room. ... Sometimes it comes out differently than it was designed."

Dallas got to the Giants 19 on one of its last drives. On fourth-and-1 with 1:03 left, Romo scrambled and was picked off by Brown.

After New York failed to get a first down on three running plays and Dallas used all three of its timeouts, the Cowboys got the ball back with 44 seconds left at the 30. They got to the Giants 37 before Bryant's catch between two defenders in the back of the end zone was overturned.

"We scratched and scraped," Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty said. "At the end, we still had to have a little luck to pull that one out."

Manning completed 15-of-29 passes for 192 yards with an interception.

Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards while completing 36-of-62 passes. Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys team record with 18 catches, which resulted in 167 yards. They were the most catches by a tight end in NFL history, according to Elias Sports Bureau, and were tied for fifth-most overall, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Miles Austin had nine catches for 133 yards and Bryant had five catches for 110 yards.

The Giants led 13-0 in the first quarter after Romo's first two interceptions.

Brown, who has five interceptions in six games, stepped in front of Bryant and had a 37-yard return to set up Tynes' 37-yard kick that made it 6-0. Three plays later, Corey Webster's 37-yard interception return led to Andre Brown's 1-yard TD.

Michael Coe recovered at the Dallas 15 when Bryant fumbled after fielding a punt over his head, setting up a 26-yard field goal.

Three plays later, Pierre-Paul broke off a block and jumped to grab the ball. He punctuated his first-ever pick and touchdown by dunking the ball over the crossbar.

Things were so bad then that Jones was booed when he came on the videoboard during a public service announcement about breast cancer awareness. On another unrelated video during that same timeout, coach Jason Garrett got the same treatment when his image appeared on the screen.

"I've been to boo school. Seriously," Jones said. "I'm sure the fans had the same feeling I did. I was frustrated, mad. I knew that we had dug ourselves a hole that was going to take a super effort to get out of. But I understand the frustration. I do."

Dallas scored the last 10 points of the half, then added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to go ahead. Romo faked a handoff and rolled right for a 1-yard score on fourth down, ending the play with an emphatic spike.

After the Giants went three-and-out, the Cowboys drove to the 1 again. Romo faked another handoff and started rolling right, when he then shuffled the ball ahead to John Phillips for a 1-yard pass that put Dallas up 24-23.

None of that mattered after the closing sequence.

"Just tough when you think you've won the game," Romo said. "It switches as that moment. You put a lot into it, obviously. We put a week's worth (of emotion) in that one game.

Game notes


The only Cowboys with more passing yards in a game are Don Meredith (460 in November 1963) and Troy Aikman (455 in November 1998). ... The only other time Dallas had three 100-yard receivers was Nov. 10, 1963, at San Francisco. ... Tynes is now the second-leading scorer in Giants history. His 17 points Sunday pushed his career total to 535 (113 field goals, 196 extra points). He passed Brad Daluiso's 526 points. The career leader is Pete Gogolak's 646.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
NYG
DAL
1st Downs1128
Passing 1st downs
721
Rushing 1st downs
44
1st downs from penalties
03
3rd down efficiency
3-157-14
4th down efficiency
0-01-2
Total Plays5883
Total Yards293434
Yards per play5.15.2
Total Drives1315
Passing190415
Comp-Att
15-2936-62
Yards per pass
6.36.3
Interceptions thrown
14
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-24-22
Rushing10319
Rushing Attempts
2817
Yards per rush
3.71.1
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-00-0
Penalties5-452-10
Turnovers26
Fumbles lost
12
Interceptions thrown
14
Defensive / Special Teams TDs10
Possession27:4232:18

Passing Leaders

NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning15/291926.6011-2
DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo36/624377.0144-22

Rushing Leaders

NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Bradshaw22783.5012
Brown3217.0114
DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones13191.515
Romo200.011

Receiving Leaders

NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Randle26834.0056
Nicks44611.5029
DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Witten181679.3020
Austin913314.8025

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERNYGDAL
nygFG11:58Lawrence Tynes 41 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 7 plays, 57 yds, 3:07
30
nygFG7:17Lawrence Tynes 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 8 yds, 2:00
60
nygTD3:46Andre Brown 1 Yard Run (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 4 plays, 31 yds, 2:01
130
SECOND QUARTERNYGDAL
nygFG14:26Lawrence Tynes 26 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:29
160
nygTD13:15Jason Pierre-Paul 28 Yard Interception Return (Lawrence Tynes Kick is Good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 14 yds, 1:17
230
dalTD5:27Felix Jones 4 Yard Run (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 72 yds, 3:07
237
dalFG1:03Dan Bailey 51 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 55 yds, 1:39
2310
THIRD QUARTERNYGDAL
dalTD9:21Tony Romo 1 Yard Run (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 86 yds, 5:44
2317
dalTD3:50John Phillips 1 Yard Pass From Tony Romo (Dan Bailey Kick is Good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 59 yds, 4:24
2324
FOURTH QUARTERNYGDAL
nygFG10:22Lawrence Tynes 43 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 8 plays, 60 yds, 4:26
2624
nygFG3:37Lawrence Tynes 37 Yard Field Goal is Good
Drive info: 6 plays, 26 yds, 3:09
2924

Research Notes

Jason Witten's 18 receptions and 22 targets Sunday were the most by a tight end in a game over the last five seasons. Seventeen of Witten's 18 receptions came on throws 10 yards or fewer downfield, the second-most by any receiver since the start of 2008 (Brandon Marshall - 18 such receptions in Week 14 of 2009).
Tony Romo completed 5-of-19 passes that traveled at least 15 yards, with two resulting in interceptions. Romo's 26.3 completion percentage is his worst in a game when attempting at least 10 passes of that distance in the past five seasons. The -2 touchdown-interception differential also ties his worst during that span, previously set in this year's Week 4 loss to the Bears
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The Giants pressured Tony Romo (sacked or under duress) on 14 of his 47 dropbacks (29.5 percent) when they sent four or fewer pass rushers Sunday, the most times Romo's been under pressure in a game over the last three seasons. Romo performed much better against the Giants standard pass rush in Week 1, as he was sacked or under duress on just 3 of 24 dropbacks (12.5 percent).
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