Would you have it any other way?
The Giants never seem to take the easy way out, and Sunday in Dallas vs the Cowboys, they seemed to have it all going their way, only to have to scramble at the end for a thrilling 29-24 win over their rivals to get to 6-2.
“Every time we come here it’s a nail-biter in some way, shape or form,” Giants head coach Tom Coughlin said. “We’re happy to win.”
Dallas down five late appeared to have scored a go-ahead TD in the last 30 seconds when Dez Bryant made a leaping catch in the end zone, but officials reviewed and overturned the apparent 37-yard touchdown catch, ruling his hand hit out of bounds.
The ruling was right, and a few moments later the Cowboys were headed to a 3-4 mark, letting the Giants walk out of their stadium 6-2 and firmly in control of the NFC East.
Five Lawrence Tynes field goals paced the Giants, as did a defense that forced six turnovers, four picks of Dallas QB Tony Romo, one of which was returned for a score in the second quarter that made it 23-0.
Jason Pierre-Paul took back the Romo pick for a 28-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Stevie Brown came up with two picks and a fumble recovery as well for New York, who have never lost in the new Cowboys digs, as they are now 4-0 there.
Eli Manning threw for a season-low 192 yards with an interception on 15-of-29 passing, but led the Giants on a 60-yard drive early in the fourth quarter that culminated with Tynes’ fourth field goal of the game, a 43-yarder with 10:20 remaining that gave New York a 24-23 edge.
Romo finished with a career-best 437 yards while completing 36-of-62 attempts with both a passing and rushing touchdown, but the picks were huge, and it led to the third defeat in Dallas’ (3-4) last four outings.
The comeback for Manning was the 20th time in his career that the Giants rallied in the fourth quarter to win. ”It speaks about our resiliency. We know how to win these games,” receiver Victor Cruz said. ”We’ve been in a bunch of them.”
After their sixth win in seven games since a season-opening home loss to Dallas, the Giants (6-2) hurriedly cleared out of Cowboys Stadium trying to get home as quickly as possible with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast.
They will get a chance to now get ready for an interesting game next Sunday, as they host the Pittsburgh Steelers at 4:25pm.