The Giants got plenty of help from the Cowboys in the first half, with 20 of the 23 Giants points coming off of four Dallas turnovers. Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw three interceptions in the first half and wide receiver Dez Bryant fumbled a punt return to set up scores for the Giants. The Giants had back-to-back Lawrence Tynes field goals before Andre Brown scored a rushing touchdown from a yard out. Another Tynes field goal was followed by a Jason Pierre- Paul pick six of Romo to cap the 23 unanswered points by New York.
The Cowboys finally got on the scoreboard with 5:22 remaining the first half when they finished an eight-play, 72-yard drive with a Felix Jones four-yard touchdown run. Dallas would add a 51-yard field goal from Dan Bailey with 58 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 13 points.
Eli Manning finished the first half 8-of-18 passing for 106 yards. Romo settled down after the three interceptions and finished the half 13-of-26 for 187 yards and three interceptions. Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw led all rushers with 30 yards on 10 carries but also lost a fumble. Dallas's Miles Austin was the top receiving threat of the half with 66 yards on five receptions.