History does not repeat itself as Giants edge Cowboys 20-19

Sun Sep 11, 2016 9:59pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - Eli Manning remembered all too well what happened a year ago in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

When history didn't repeat itself, the significance wasn't lost on the New York Giants quarterback.

"This is a big win for this team and for the guys who were here last year," he said.

Manning threw three touchdown passes, including the game-winner to a returning Victor Cruz, and the Giants slipped past the Cowboys 20-19 Sunday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

A year ago, it was Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo who authored a last-second, 27-26 win that helped send the Giants on their way to a 4-12 season. This time Romo was missing and Cruz, who missed nearly two years due to injuries, was back.

The 3-yard scoring pass to Cruz with 6:13 remaining proved to be the difference in the first of two meetings between the NFC East rivals.

"To catch a pass in end zone in the fourth quarter to put us ahead is always a beautiful thing," said Cruz, who had four receptions for 34 yards.

The Giants also made a winner of first-year head coach Ben McAdoo -- the former offensive coordinator under previous coach Tom Coughlin -- in his debut.

Dallas had won five consecutive games over the Giants, including that nail-biter in the opening game of the 2015 season. The Cowboys have lost 15 of the past 16 games in which Romo was not available.   Continued...

Sep 11, 2016; Arlington, TX, USA; New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz (80) reacts after catching a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium. New York won 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports