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NFL: Giants survive Cowboys 29-24

Published October 28, 2012 8:39 pm

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Arlington, Texas • Eli Manning stood on the New York Giants' sideline in disbelief when it looked as if the Dallas Cowboys had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left.

What was encouraging is what he didn't see: a replay on the giant videoboard that hangs above the field at Cowboys Stadium, where the Giants still have never lost following a wild 29-24 victory Sunday.

Officials reviewed and overturned Dez Bryant's apparent 37-yard touchdown catch, ruling his hand hit out of bounds, and the Cowboys couldn't get into the end zone after the overturned reception.

"I couldn't quite believe they were able to hit a touchdown in that situation. I kind of kept looking for the replay," Manning said. "You know the game was not going to be over until that clock hit zero."

This was the 20th time in Manning's career that the Giants rallied in the fourth quarter to win. And this comeback came after New York blew an early 23-0 lead.

"It speaks about our resiliency. We know how to win these games," receiver Victor Cruz said. "We've been in a bunch of them."

New York led 23-0 just 2 minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third of four interceptions thrown by Tony Romo, and Dallas (3-4) finished with six turnovers.

But the Giants didn't score again until Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He kicked a 37-yarder with 3½ minutes remaining in the fourth for his fifth of the game.

"Just tough when you think you've won the game," said Romo who finished with 437 yards passing. "It switches at that moment. You put a lot into it, obviously. We put a week's worth [of emotion] in that one game." Giants 29, Cowboys 24

N.Y. Giants 13 10 0 6 — 29

Dallas 0 10 14 0 — 24

First Quarter

NYG • FG Tynes 41, 11:53.

NYG • FG Tynes 37, 7:11.

NYG • A.Brown 1 run (Tynes kick), 3:41.

Second Quarter

NYG • FG Tynes 26, 14:22.

NYG • Pierre-Paul 28 interception return (Tynes kick), 13:05.

Dal • F.Jones 4 run (Bailey kick), 5:22.

Dal • FG Bailey 51, :58.

Third Quarter

Dal • Romo 1 run (Bailey kick), 9:16.

Dal • Phillips 1 pass from Romo (Bailey kick), 3:43.

Fourth Quarter

NYG • FG Tynes 43, 10:20.

NYG • FG Tynes 37, 3:31.

Attendance • 94,067.

NYG Dal

First downs 11 28

Total Net Yards 293 434

Rushes-yards 28-103 17-19

Passing 190 415

Punt Returns 1-1 2-8

Kickoff Returns 4-86 6-142

Interceptions Ret. 4-103 1-0

Comp-Att-Int 15-29-1 36-62-4

Sacked-Yards Lost 1-2 4-22

Punts 6-47.8 4-41.3

Fumbles-Lost 1-1 4-2

Penalties-yards 5-45 3-10

Time of Possession 27:42 32:18

Individual Statistics

Rushing • N.Y. Giants, Bradshaw 22-78, A.Brown 3-21, Manning 1-3, Wilson 2-1. Dallas, F.Jones 13-19, Romo 2-0, Tanner 2-0.

Passing • N.Y. Giants, Manning 15-29-1-192. Dallas, Romo 36-62-4-437.

Receiving • N.Y. Giants, Nicks 4-46, Bennett 4-29, Hixon 3-26, Randle 2-68, Cruz 2-23. Dallas, Witten 18-167, Austin 9-133, Bryant 5-110, Phillips 3-14, Tanner 1-13.