Giants 13

(3-2, 1-2 away)

Cowboys 16

(4-2, 2-1 home)

1:00 PM ET, October 16, 2005


1 2 3 4 OT T
NYG 3 3 0 7 013
DAL 0 7 0 6 316

Top Performers

Passing: D. Bledsoe (DAL) - 312 YDS, 1 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: T. Barber (NYG) - 14 CAR, 64 YDS

Receiving: J. Shockey (NYG) - 5 REC, 129 YDS, 1 TD

Cowboys pull through the muck to edge Giants

IRVING, Texas (AP) -- The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants wanted to find out Sunday which of them looked ready to challenge for supremacy in the NFC East.

It was over when ...
The Cowboys won the coin toss before overtime. The Giants defense was on the field for nearly 37 minutes during regulation and, though the squad held up well, the heat in Texas Stadium was starting to take its toll.
Game ball goes to ...
Keyshawn Johnson. The volatile wide receiver finished the game with eight catches for 120 yards, including an awe-inspiring grab while lying on his back after Giants cornerback Will Allen tipped the ball. Though Johnson did fumble the ball in the first half, he was Bledsoe's go-to guy in a game in which deep threat Terry Glenn was kept largely in check.
ESPN's take ...
Eric Allen This was one of the surprising games of the season because nobody thought this season was the time for either team to be competitive. They've both played well with surprisingly explosive offenses and defenses that have the ability to stop the run. The Cowboys did a solid job of holding this great offense to just a single touchdown. The Cowboys' offensive unsung hero was TE Jason Witten, because he was able to sneak out and get some big first downs and a touchdown.
-- Eric Allen

The Cowboys won, but the answer to the bigger question might be neither.

Dallas committed four turnovers, missed two field-goal attempts and allowed a tying touchdown with 19 seconds left, yet overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime for a 16-13 victory over the equally inept Giants.

"I feel pretty fortunate," Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said.

He should.

Coming off a throttling victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas (4-2) gave New York every chance to put this game away early.

But Eli Manning and the Giants (3-2) couldn't do it. They trailed 7-6 midway through the third quarter after the Cowboys had already committed all of their turnovers. Then New York started giving the ball away: Four turnovers in five drives, including a fumble at the Dallas 1 with 1:18 left while down by seven.

"We just shot ourselves in the foot," Manning said. "We were letting them get the best off us."

Keeping with the game's theme, the Cowboys wasted their chances, too. Manning wound up throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey that forced overtime.

Dallas won the overtime coin toss and never gave the ball back. Drew Bledsoe moved the Cowboys 51 yards in eight plays and Cortez made it pay off, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season -- and first place in the NFC East.

"It was luck, totally luck," Dallas receiver Keyshawn Johnson said. "We're entitled to have a bad game and still win, at least once."

The flip side was felt in the New York locker room, where the only solace was knowing the rematch will be at Giants Stadium on Dec. 4.

"This feels like a blown opportunity," defensive end Michael Strahan said. "We should've won. ... You're not going to win when you handicap yourself."

Bledsoe finished 26-of-37 for 312 yards with a touchdown, an interception and two lost fumbles, one on a snap.

Johnson caught eight passes for 120 yards, his most since 2002, but also fumbled, although it did not prompt a sideline confrontation with Bledsoe, as happened last week. This time, Bledsoe was the first to console Johnson.

Anthony Thomas started in place of injured Julius Jones and ran 21 times for 47 yards. Rookie Marion Barber III was Dallas' most effective running back in the second half, finishing with 30 yards on 11 carries and two receptions for 21 yards.

Manning was 14-of-30 for 215 yards and a touchdown, but he ended a streak of 125 attempts without an interception and lost a fumble.

Shockey caught five passes for 129 yards and Plaxico Burress had 55 yards on five catches, with a fumble. Tiki Barber gained 64 yards on 14 carries.

Dallas limited New York to 92 yards and four first downs through three quarters. The Giants didn't convert on third down until there was less than four minutes left in the game and finished 1-of-11.

"The offense really let down the defense," Shockey said. "We left them out there on the field too long."

While neither team was able to grab control, the Cowboys should've known better. They dominated Washington for 56 minutes in Week 2 before giving up two long touchdown passes and losing 14-13.

The Cowboys bailed themselves out of one jam when Roy Williams knocked the ball from rookie running back Brandon Jacobs just shy of the goal line with 1:18 left. However, that forced Bledsoe to take snaps practically in the end zone and he couldn't run out the clock. That gave Manning the ball with 52 yards and 52 seconds to go, leading to the tying score.

Bledsoe opened overtime by completing passes of 10, 13 and 26 yards. A pass interference penalty on Antonio Pierce gave Dallas another first down, and then a third-down incompletion to Johnson left it up to Cortez.

New York tried icing him with a timeout, but -- like most things both teams tried Sunday -- it didn't work.

Game notes

The Giants fell to 3-14 in games following a bye. ... Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton left the locker room with a cast on his right foot. Parcells said the ankle may be broken. ... Giants kicker Jay Feely made a 50-yard field goal, his longest since 2002. ... Johnson became the 22nd wide receiver with 700 catches, hitting the milestone with a one-handed grab while falling after a defensive back dropped it. ... New York failed to score on its opening drive for the first time this season.

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Team Stat Comparison

1st Downs1125
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
Total Plays5278
Total Yards270385
Yards per play5.24.9
Total Drives1514
Yards per pass
Interceptions thrown
Sacks-Yards Lost
Rushing Attempts
Yards per rush
Red Zone (Made-Att)0-40-4
Fumbles lost
Interceptions thrown
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00

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Scoring Summary

nygFG10:41Jay Feely 42 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, 7 yds, 1:34
nygFG8:47Jay Feely 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 7 plays, 5 yds, 2:58
dalTD0:45Jason Witten, 2 yd pass from Drew Bledsoe (Jose Cortez kick is good)
Drive info: 16 plays, 83 yds, 7:48
dalFG12:48Jose Cortez 21 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 17 plays, 79 yds, 6:16
dalFG4:44Jose Cortez 20 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 23 yds, 4:19
nygTD0:25Jeremy Shockey, 24 yd pass from Eli Manning (Jay Feely kick is good)
Drive info: 2 plays, 52 yds, 0:27
dalFG11:19Jose Cortez 36 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 51 yds, 3:36