Cowboys cut down Giants to tie for NFC East lead

Sun Nov 24, 2013 10:19pm EST
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By Larry Fine

EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Reuters) - The Dallas Cowboys stood tall at the finish, quieting a desperate New York Giants team with a game-winning drive at frigid MetLife Stadium on Sunday to grab a share of the NFC East lead.

The Cowboys, coming off a bye week following a lopsided loss to New Orleans, answered New York's touchdown and two-point conversion that tied the score at 21-21 by marching from their own 20 to set up a game-winning, 35-yard field goal as time expired.

Dallas head coach Jason Garrett said the deadly efficient drive directed by quarterback Tony Romo in bitter cold was a statement moment for his Cowboys.

The 24-21 victory effectively made it a two-horse race in the division as Dallas tied the Philadelphia Eagles at 6-5 by snapping the Giants' four-game winning streak following an 0-6 start and leaving New York at 4-7 with five games left.

"It was a great drive," said Garrett. "That's really when you separate yourself as a quarterback, as an offensive football team, as a team in general, when you go down and you're able to make those drives in critical moments."

Romo converted three crucial third-down plays during the final drive after struggling in the icy wind, hitting Dez Bryant twice and then Cole Beasley on a third-and-10 to set up the game-winning kick by Dan Bailey.

"The conditions were not easy today. It was cold, it was windy, people had a hard time holding the football," Garrett said.

"But in the critical moments in this game .... our quarterback stepped up and did a helluva job. We made the plays when we needed to make them."   Continued...

Nov 24, 2013; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) and defensive end George Selvie (99) during the third quarter of a game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports