EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — Eli Manning and the Giants entered Sunday’s game looking to win their fifth straight game and remain in the playoff hunt. Tony Romo and the Cowboys had different ideas.
Romo threw two touchdowns and led a drive that set up Dan Bailey’ 35-yard field goal on the final play as the Cowboys won 24-21 Sunday, ending the Giants’ four-game winning streak and denying them a place in NFL history.
The victory moved the Cowboys (6-5) into a first-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the NFC East with five games left. It left the Giants (4-7) wondering about what they gave away in two losses to Dallas.
Romo hit two third-down passes on the 14-play drive that covered the final 4:45 after New York tied the game on a 4-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Louis Murphy Jr., and a 2-point conversion run by Andre Brown.
Romo hit Jason Witten on TDs of 20 and 2 yards, and Dallas got a defensive touchdown on a 50-yard fumble return by Jeff Heath.
The Giants, seeking to become the second NFL team to win five straight after losing the first six, rallied over the past month to get into position to challenge for a playoff spot. They knew this was a must-win game because they had lost to Dallas in the season opener after turning over the ball six times.
They also knew the Cowboys were facing questions after a blowout loss to New Orleans before a bye week.
Giants players spent most of the week talking trash about a reeling Dallas team — but Dez Bryant and the Cowboys ultimately had the last laugh.
“Getting a ‘W’, it always feels good,” said Bryant after the game. “I honestly feel like it’s not good to talk before a game.”