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.
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