New York Giants Win NFC East With 31-14 Victory Over Dallas Cowboys

Giants capture NFC East, head to playoffs for first time in three seasons

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Giants Vs. Cowboys Score: Dallas Tallies Touchdown, Gains Momentum Heading Into Fourth Quarter

The Dallas Cowboys tallied a touchdown, but the New York Giants collected a huge interception that has helped the Giants take a two-score lead against the Cowboys, who trail, 21-7, entering the fourth quarter of a NFC East title game at MetLife Stadium in east Rutherford, NJ. The winner earns the division crown and a postseason date with the Atlanta Falcons next Sunday (1 p.m. on FOX).

Dallas used a six-play, 94-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Laurent Robinson from quarterback Tony Romo that trimmed the Giants 21-point halftime lead to just 14.

The Cowboys used the momentum from the touchdown to force a three-and-out by the Giants, who somewhat slowed down the Dallas surge when safety Antrel Rolle picked of Romo on the fifth play of the follwing drive.

However, the Giants swing was short lived as the Cowboys forced a turnovers on downs and now as the ball at the Giants 24-yard line facing a 2nd-and-15 as the fourth quarter begins.

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Giants Vs. Cowboys Halftime Score: Ahmad Bradshaw's Two Touchdowns Gives New York 21-0 Lead Against Dallas

Two touchdowns -- one rushing, one receiving -- from running back Ahmad Bradshaw has helped the New York Giants earn a 21-0 halftime lead over the Dallas Cowboys in a NFC East title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The winner of the contest earns the division title and the NFC's final playoff spot.

Bradshaw's first touchdown, a five-yard rush, came early in the second quarter, while the second score came on a 10-yard reception from quarterback Eli Manning that came with just 1:09 to play in the first half and gave the Giants a commanding three-score advantage heading into the locker room.

The Giants first touchdown of the game came on a electrifying 74-yard touchdown reception from wide receiver Victor Cruz, who turned a quick-out pattern from Manning into an early New York lead, 7-0.

On the Giants' opening drive of the second quarter, New York used 10 plays to march 68 yards to tally its second touchdown of the contest. The drive also featured two third-down conversions, including huge one involving Cruz and Manning on a 3rd-and-4 from the Cowboy's 10-yard line. Two plays later, from the spot that Cruz was tackled, Bradshaw scored.

Then, near the end of the half, Bradshaw ended a eight-play, 80-yard drive that was highlighted by a 29-yard rush by No. 44.

The Giants could have tacked on a field goal on their second possession of the second, but New York kicker Lawrence Tynes missed a 40-yard field goal with just under 10 minutes to play in the half.

Dallas had a chance to trim the Giants lead to 21-3, but Cowboy kicker Dan Bailey missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired.

Meanwhile, the New York defense has held the Cowboys offense to just 96 total yards and six first downs. Dallas has marched inside New York territory just twice.

Manning is 15-of-20 for 199 pass yards and a two touchdowns, while Cruz has already caught three passes for 87 receiving yards. Bradshaw has 46 yards on nine carries.

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Giants Vs. Cowboys Score Update: Victor Cruz's 74-Yard Touchdown Helps New York Take 7-0 Lead Over Dallas After One Quarter

A 74-yard touchdown reception by wide receiver Victor Cruz from quarterback Eli Manning has helped the New York Giants take an early lead on the Dallas Cowboys, who trail 7-0 after one quarter of play in a NFC East title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ. The winner earns the division title and the last playoff spot in the NFC.

Cruz's ninth touchdown of the season capped a short but effective six-play, 96-yard drive that also featured the Giants converting a 3rd-and-9 from their own five-yard line. On 3rd-and-1 from the their own 26-yard line, Manning connected with Cruz on a quick-out pattern that turned into a touchdown after the speedy receiver beat Cowboy's safety Terrence Newman to the edge and then outran the rest of the Dallas defense with 5:11 to play in the quarter.

Meanwhile, New York's defense has held the Cowboys to just 10 plays on three possessions.

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Jake Ballard Injury Update: Giants' Tight End Out Vs. Cowboys

New York Giants tight end Jake Ballard will not play Sunday night (8:20 p.m. ET/NBC) when the Giants face the Dallas Cowboys in a winner-take-all meeting for the NFC East title. The season will be over for the loser, while the winner advances to the NFC Playoffs.

Ballard has a PCL injury and also missed last Saturday’s victory over the New York Jets. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Ballard has been a revelation in his second season, catching 38 passes in 14 games.

Also out Sunday for the Giants will be linebacker Mark Herzlich, a rookie who has missed the past several games with an injured ankle.

Defensive end Osi Umenyiora practiced all week and will be listed as questionable for the game. He has missed the last four games with an ankle injury. Hakeem Nicks, who strained a hamstring against the Jets, is also going to be listed as questionable though he is expected to play.

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Week 17 NFL Lines And Odds: Cowboys Vs. Giants

The Giants are three-point favorites as they host the Dallas Cowboys in a pseudo-playoff game in Week 17.

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Tony Romo Injury Update: Dallas Cowboys' Quarterback Practices

Dallas Cowboys’ quarterback Tony Romo practiced on a limited basis Wednesday and his teammates are "pretty confident" that Romo’s injured right (throwing) hand will not keep him out of Sunday’s decisive game with the New York Giants.

"Today was good. I was able to do some things with the ball that we weren't sure about so it was a good start to the week," Romo said. "We are going to keep working on it and get all the treatment and stuff. We should be good to go for this weekend."

For the Giants, the good news is that defensive end Osi Umenyiora practiced. The bad news is that wide receiver Hakeem Nicks (hamstring) did not.

Here is the practice report for the Cowboys on Wednesday:

DID NOT PRACTICE

Outside Linebacker DeMarcus Ware (neck)
Defensive Tackle Jay Ratliff (ribs)
Inside Linebacker Sean Lee (hamstring)
Defensive Back Danny McCray (ankle)

LIMITED IN PRACTICE

Quarterback Tony Romo (hand)

FULL PRACTICE

Running Back Felix Jones (hamstring)
Nose Tackle Josh Brent (knee)

Here is the practice report for the Giants on Wednesday:

DID NOT PRACTICE

Tight End Jake Ballard (knee)
Running Back ahmad Bradshaw (Foot)
Linebacker Mark Herzlich (Ankle)
Wide Receiver Hakeem Nicks (Hamstring)

LIMITED IN PRACTICE

Wide Receiver Mario Manningham (knee)
Defensive End Osi Umenyiora (Ankle)

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Jason Pierre-Paul Is NFC Defensive Player Of Week Again

Jason Pierre-Paul of the New York Giants continues to pile up the honors. Tuesday he was named to his first Pro Bowl. Today, he was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.

The second-year defensive end from South Florida was the dominant defensive player in the Giants’ 29-14 victory Saturday over the Jets. Pierre-Paul had five tackles (four solo), including two sacks and three quarterback hits. His first sack, with two seconds to go in the second quarter, resulted in a seven-yard loss and forced the Jets to attempt a 44-yard field goal, which wasmissed His second sack was on the final series and all but ended the Jets’ chance for a miracle comeback. Pierre-Paul had a third sack – and a forced fumble – overturned on a replay review. Pierre-Paul has 15.5 sacks, the most by a Giant since Michael Strahan had 18.5 in 2003.

Pierre-Paul also won the award for his outstanding performance in the Giants’ 37-34 victory in Dallas on Dec. 11, when he led the team with eight tackles (six solo), including two sacks of Tony Romo. The first resulted in a safety for the Giants’ first points. The second sack was on a third down in the third quarter and forced the Cowboys to punt from their own 43-yard line. Pierre-Paul also forced a Felix Jones fumble that was recovered by Deon Grant and led to a field goal. He secured the victory by blocking Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal attempt with one second left in the game.

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