NFL: Cowboys take advantage of Giant mistakes, win 36-31
Arlington, Texas • The Dallas Cowboys are serious about forcing turnovers.
Eli Manning and the New York Giants couldn't do quite enough to overcome them.
Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and the Dallas Cowboys beat Manning for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways in a 36-31 victory over the Giants on Sunday night.
Tony Romo shook off a hit to the ribs that knocked him out for the final Dallas play of the first half and threw a pair of touchdown passes to Jason Witten.
Manning threw three touchdown passes to Victor Cruz and had New York in position for a comeback victory despite the flurry of mistakes.
But with the Giants trailing 30-24, a pass from Manning went off the hand of running back De'Rel Scott into Carr's arms.
The cornerback beat Manning down the sideline for Dallas' second defensive touchdown with 1:50 remaining. Barry Church returned a fumble 27 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter.
Church's score was on the fourth New York turnover the second fumble from new starting running back David Wilson, who lost control of the ball on a strip by Nick Hayden just before hitting the ground. Church scooped up the ball and ran it in.
The Cowboys went up 27-10 in the third quarter after the fifth miscue a punt that bounced and hit Trumaine McBride while he was trying to block for the return. Rookie Devonte Holloman won a scramble for the loose ball, and Romo threw a 4-yard scoring pass to Witten.
When the mistakes stopped, the Giants made it a game again. New York went 80 yards, capped by Cruz's second score on an 18-yard pass, and Cruz scored again from the 10 to pull the Giants within 30-24 midway through the fourth quarter.
New York got the ball back, but the Cowboys forced a quick punt. After Dallas again failed to move the ball, Carr came through with the clinching interception.
The Giants scored with 11 seconds left on Manning's fourth touchdown, a 4-yarder to Brandon Myers. But Dallas recovered an onside kick.
Manning was 27-for-42 for 450 yards, and Romo was 36-for-49 for 263 yards.