ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 11: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates the game winning touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth quarter at Cowboys Stadium on December 11, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NFL Week 14: Giants Prevail Over Cowboys, 37-34, In Lone Star State Thriller

The Giants defeated the Dallas Cowboys, 37-34, Sunday night

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New York Giants Defeat Dallas Cowboys: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

The New York Giants saved their season and took control of the NFC East wth Sunday’s 37-34 victory over the Dallas Cowboys.

It Was Over When …

Jason Pierre-Paul blocked Dan Bailey’s 47-yard field goal with six seconds left. Bailey made his first kick, but it was negated when Giants coach Tom Coughlin called a timeout. Pierre-Paul blocked the second effort.

Turning Point Of The Game

There were several of these. The final one, though, was a failure by Dallas quarterback Tony Romo to connect with Miles Austin on a pass that would have sealed a Dallas victory. With Dallas leading 34-29 and facing a third-and-five at their own 25-yard line with 2:25 remaining Austin broke clear of Giants cornerback Aaron Ross for what should have been a game-clinching 75-yard touchdown pass. Instead, Romo overshot Austin and Dallas had to punt. The Giants then drove 58 yards for the game-winning score.

The Good

The tremendous work by Pierre-Paul, who finished with eight tackles, two sacked, a forced fumble and a blocked field goal … the 400-yard passing day by Eli Manning, who now has a record-setting 15 fourth-quarter touchdown passes this season and has led five fourth-quarter come-from-behind victories … The 101 yards rushing for Brandon Jacobs … The seven catches for 154 yards for Hakeem Nicks.

The Bad

Ahmad Bradshaw violating team rules and being benched for the first half by Coughlin.

The Ugly

The atrocious pass defense for both teams. The Cowboys blew a bunch of coverages while Manning was passing for 400 yards. The Giants did the same while Romo was passing for 321 yards and four touchdowns of his own … The fractured ankle suffered by DeMarco Murray, the tremendous rookie running back for the Cowboys.


“We have a great quarterback,” running back Brandon Jacobs said. "If you ask me he’s the best in the business when our backs are against the wall and we need a score. He’s never let me down.

“I believe in him. I believe in our offense, I believe in our coaches and they got it done.”

— See the ‘Kudos & Wet Willies’ game review, plus much more coverage at Big Blue View.


Giants 37, Cowboys 34: Giants Take Control Of NFC East

Down 34-22 with 5:52 to play, the New York Giants apparently had the Dallas Cowboys right where they wanted them Sunday night. Two tremendous touchdown drives and a game-deciding blocked field goal later the Giants had a 37-34 victory and first place in the NFC East. Both teams are 7-6, but by virtue of the victory the Giants -- for now at least -- have control of the tie-breaker.

The Giants have now had to pull off fourth-quarter rallies for six of their seven victories this season. Quarterback Eli Manning was 27-of-47 for 400 yards two touchdowns and one interception, and was brilliant in the closing minutes. First, Manning took the Giants 80 yards in eight plays, hitting Jake Ballard for an eight-yard touchdown to make the score 34-29 in favor of Dallas.

After a three-and-out by Dallas the Giants regained possession at their own 42-yard line with 2:12 to play. Manning drove the Giants to the game-winning score eight plays later when Brandon Jacobs ran the ball in from a yard out. Manning overcame an end zone drop by Mario Manningham on a perfectly thrown ball to complete the drive. For the second consecutive week the Giants were successful with a two-point conversion as D.J. Ware ran the ball in to make the score 37-34.

The Cowboys, without timeouts and with only 46 seconds to work with, moved to the Giants' 30-yard line with six seconds to play. Placekicker Dan Bailey made an apparent game-tying 47-yard field goal, but a timeout by Giants coach Tom Coughlin forced him to kick again. Bailey's kick was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul.

The Giants trailed 7-5 after one quarter and 17-15 at the half. They held a 22-20 lead heading into the final quarter.

Manning has now surpassed 4,000 yards passing for the third straight season.

Pierre-Paul had eight tackles, two sacks -- including one that caused a safety -- a forced fumble and the blocked field goal. He was responsible for stopping for Dallas possessions, and his forced fumble led to a Giants field goal.

Brandon Jacobs carried 19 times for 101 yards rushing for New York, his first 100-yard game of the season. Jacobs carried most of the rushing load as Ahmad Bradshaw was suspended for the game's first half after an apparent rules violation.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo went 21-of-31 for 321 yards and four touchdowns.


Giants Vs. Cowboys Final Score: Blocked Field Goal Preserves Comeback Victory, 37-34

The New York Giants never do make it easy. After a two-possession deficit in the fourth quarter and a later meltdown on defense, Jason Pierre-Paul blocked a game-tying field goal to preserve a 37-34 road victory over the Dallas Cowboys that gave the Giants pole position in the race for the NFC East title.

Down 34-22 in the fourth quarter, Eli Manning led two touchdown drives that allowed the Giants to take the lead with under a minute left. Manning threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns on the night, and found Hakeem Nicks seven times for 154 yards, while Brandon Jacobs ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

But the Giants needed that comeback after allowing two touchdowns to the Cowboys -- Tony Romo had four touchdown passes, and two in the final quarter -- and almost had to go to overtime, as Cowboys kicker Dan Bailey hit his first attempt at the game-tying field goal, only to have it nullified by a timeout.

Romo threw for 319 yards to go with his four scores.

The loss moved both teams to 7-6 on the year, but the Giants will host the Cowboys in the return match-up later this month, though they get a slightly tougher schedule than the Cowboys over the next two weeks. Dallas has the Buccaneers and Eagles before the season finale at MetLife Stadium, while New York meets the Redskins and Jets in the next two weeks.

For more on the Giants, visit Big Blue View. For more on the Cowboys, visit Blogging the Boys.


Giants Vs. Cowboys: Time, TV Schedule, Radio Streaming And More

The New York Giants (6-6) travel to the Dallas Cowboys (7-5) Sunday. For those who would like to catch the game, here's TV schedule and radio information.


New York Giants Friday Injury Report: Kenny Phillips Out, Mario Manningham In

There is good news and bad news for the New York Giants in their official Friday injury report. The bad news is that starting safety Kenny Phillips, who left last Sunday's game against the Green Bay Packers with a knee injury, will not play this Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys. The good news is that wide receiver Mario Manningham, out the last two games with a knee issue of his own, has practiced this week appears likely to play. He is listed as probable.

Giants' starting center David Baas will miss his second consecutive game with headaches and neck issues. Linebacker Mark Herzlich (ankle), linebacker Spencer Paysinger (hamstring) and defensive end Osi Umenyiora (knee/ankle) will also sit out for the Giants.

Without Phillips, veteran Deon Grant will have to play more deep safety for the Giants, and rookie Tyler Sash may see some time with the defense.

For Dallas, nose tackle Josh Brent (knee) and backup quarterback Jon Kitna (back) are out. Running back Phillip Tanner (hamstring) has been placed on injured reserve.

David Baas, C Neck/Intense Headaches DNP DNP    OUT
Mark Herzlich, LB Ankle DNP DNP    OUT
Spencer Paysinger, LB Hamstring DNP DNP    OUT
Kenny Phillips, S Knee DNP DNP    DOUBTFUL
Osi Umenyiora, DE Knee/Ankle DNP DNP
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