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After New York failed to get a first down on three running plays and Dallas used all three of its timeouts, the Cowboys got the ball back with 44 seconds left at the 30. They got to the Giants 37 before Bryant’s catch between two defenders in the back of the end zone was overturned.
“We scratched and scraped,” Giants defensive lineman Chris Canty said. “At the end, we still had to have a little luck to pull that one out.”
Manning completed 15 of 29 passes for 192 yards with an interception.
Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards while completing 36 of 62 passes. Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys team record with 18 catches, which resulted in 167 yards. Miles Austin had nine catches for 133 yards and Bryant had five catches for 110 yards.
Brown, who has five interceptions in six games, stepped in front of Bryant and had a 37-yard return to set up Tynes‘ 37-yard kick that made it 6-0. Three plays later, Corey Webster’s 37-yard interception return led to Andre Brown’s 1-yard TD.
Michael Coe recovered at the Dallas 15 when Bryant fumbled after fielding a punt over his head, setting up a 26-yard field goal.
Three plays later, Pierre-Paul broke off a block and jumped to grab the ball. He punctuated his first-ever pick and touchdown by dunking the ball over the crossbar.
Things were so bad then that Jones was booed when he came on the videoboard during a public service announcement about breast cancer awareness. On another unrelated video during that same timeout, coach Jason Garrett got the same treatment when his image appeared on the screen.
“I’ve been to boo school so to speak,” Jones said. “Seriously. I’m sure the fans had the same feeling I did. I was frustrated, mad and knew that we had dug ourselves a hole that was going to take super effort to get out of.”
Dallas scored the last 10 points of the half, then added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to go ahead. Romo faked a handoff and rolled right for a 1-yard score on fourth down, ending the play with an emphatic spike.
After the Giants went three-and-out, the Cowboys drove to the 1 again. Romo faked another handoff and started rolling right, when he then shuffled the ball ahead to John Phillips for a 1-yard pass that put Dallas up 24-23.
None of that mattered after the closing sequence.
“Just tough when you think you’ve won the game,” Romo said. “It switches as that moment. You put a lot into it, obviously. We put a week’s worth (of emotion) in that one game.
NOTES: The only Cowboys with more passing yards in a game are Don Meredith (460 in November 1963) and Troy Aikman (455 in November 1998). … The only other time Dallas had three 100-yard receivers was Nov. 10, 1963, at San Francisco. … Tynes is now the second-leading scorer in Giants history. His 17 points Sunday pushed his career total to 535 (113 field goals, 196 extra points). He passed Brad Daluiso’s 526 points. The career leader is Pete Gogolak’s 646.
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