Cowboys cut down Giants to tie for NFC East lead
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...