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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