EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Michael Boley's 51-yard interception return early in the second quarter set up a 22-yard field goal by Lawrence Tynes as the Super Bowl champion New York Giants took a 3-0 lead over the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday night in the NFL season opener.
Boley returned the pick to the Cowboys 2 and a horse-collar penalty gave New York a first-and-goal from the 1. The Giants lost ground on two runs by Ahmad Bradshaw and a third-down pass into the end zone failed.
Tynes kicked the field goal with 9:10 remaining in the half.
In the first quarter, the Giants kept the Cowboys off the board with a strong defensive stand. Facing a fourth-and-inches from the Giants 37, the Cowboys went for it and came up short when Lawrence Vickers was stopped for no gain.
The Giants' best drive ended with a fumble by rookie running back David Wilson. Sean Lee recovered for the Cowboys on their 34.
Cowboys starting center Phil Costa aggravated a back injury that kept him out of most of the preseason. He was replaced by Ryan Cook.