Final

Cowboys 31

(8-1, 5-0 away)

Giants 20

(6-3, 3-2 home)

Coverage: FOX

4:15 PM ET, November 11, 2007

Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
DAL 7 10 7 731
NYG 7 10 0 320

Top Performers

Passing: T. Romo (DAL) - 247 YDS, 4 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Jacobs (NYG) - 24 CAR, 95 YDS

Receiving: J. Shockey (NYG) - 12 REC, 129 YDS, 1 TD

Cowboys sail past Giants with Romo, Owens in full bloom

Associated Press

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- Once they stopped beating themselves with penalties, the Dallas Cowboys took command of the NFC East by riding their biggest stars: Tony Romo and Terrell Owens.

Romo hit Owens on two of his four touchdown passes and Dallas opened a big lead in the division by ending the Giants' six-game winning streak with a 31-20 victory on Sunday.

"If you want to call it swagger, yes we have the confidence that we know we can go out and beat teams," said Owens, who broke the game open with second-half TD catches of 25 and 50 yards. Owens finished with six catches for 125 yards, his third straight 100-yard game.

T.O. As Giant Killer
Terrell Owens

Terrell Owens continued his dominance Sunday of the New York Giants, picking up his 11th TD catch in nine career games and pushing his yards-per-game average to 97.9 against the team.

Year Rec.-Yds. TDs
2007 6-125 2
3-87 2
2006 8-84 0
6-98 1
2004 4-61 0
8-68 3
2002 4-41 0
9-177* 2*
1998 5-1401
* -- Playoff game

"Obviously today, we had more penalties than we would like and we have to eliminate those," T.O. added. "That was everybody's emotions running high. There was a little trash-talking by them. We came here. The game was played and I feel like we made a statement."

With the win, the Cowboys (8-1) opened a two-game lead over the Giants (6-3), a three-game edge on Washington (5-4) and a four-game margin on Philadelphia (4-5). Dallas also swept the season series with New York, so it has the tiebreaker should they finished tied.

"It's another step along the journey that we're trying to go through to get where we want to go," said Romo, who completed 20-of-28 for 247 yards. "A win like tonight just adds to your confidence. When you do something like this, you have a chance to do something special."

The last time the Cowboys started a season at 8-1 was 1995, the last time they won the Super Bowl.

With seven games left, the Cowboys also are tied with Green Bay for the best record in the conference. The two will play in Dallas on Nov. 29.

For the Giants, their best hopes for a playoff berth seemingly are a wild-card spot.

"It does put us behind the 8-ball," defensive end Justin Tuck said. "If you ever play pool, I've seen people make shots from behind that 8-ball. That's what we are looking at."

Romo also threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Tony Curtis in the first quarter and a 20-yarder to Patrick Crayton just before halftime, starting a string of three straight touchdown drives.

Nick Folk added a 44-yard field goal.

Eli Manning threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey, who tied his career high with 12 catches for 129 yards. Reuben Droughns scored on a 1-yard run and Lawrence Tynes kicked field goals of 40 and 26 yards.

The second field goal came after New York had Brandon Jacobs' potential tying touchdown run early in the fourth quarter nullified by a questionable holding penalty on guard Chris Snee against Roy Williams.

"I didn't think I held him, but you have to go with the call," said Snee, who originally thought Dallas was being called for a penalty.

Until that point, the Cowboys were the ones hurting themselves with undisciplined errors. Four penalties in the first half gave New York 10 points and had Dallas heading to the locker room tied at 17.

The Cowboys were called for three penalties on the Giants' opening TD drive. The one everyone will remember was a taunting call against linebacker Kevin Burnett with the Cowboys ahead 17-14 in the waning seconds.

Jacobs had just been stuffed on a run from his 35 and Burnett yapped at him. The 15-yard walkoff moved the ball to the 50 with 12 seconds to go. Manning found Shockey for 29 yards to set up a 40-yard field goal by Tynes that tied the game.

"Once it's over, you have to learn from your mistakes," Cowboys coach Wade Phillips said. "We couldn't harp on that. We just told them it was nothing-nothing. We've done it all year. The second half is ours."

The Cowboys' defense, which sacked Manning five times and intercepted him twice, stopped the Giants on the opening possession of the half and then Romo and company took over.

The go-ahead 25-yard touchdown pass came on a play where T.O. ran past cornerback Sam Madison and was wide open. It capped a 12-play, 86-yard drive on which the Cowboys converted three 10-plus-yard situations, the last a 13-yard pass to Crayton on third-and-11 from the New York 38. Owens scored on the next play.

Owens ran by safety Gibril Wilson on the long pass.

"If he gets moving, he's tough to catch up to," Romo said. "I just tried to give him some air and let him go get it."

Romo's other touchdown passes were just as easy against an improved defense that gave up 45 points in Dallas in the opener.

His 15-yard pass to Curtis on the opening series came after he broke containment on a pass rush. Just before reaching the line of scrimmage, he saw a wide-open Curtis in the corner of the end zone.

Manning, who was 23-of-34 for 236 yards on a day he threw mostly short passes, tied the game with his TD pass to Shockey.

Folk's field goal gave Dallas a 10-7 lead before Wilson's interception set up a 60-yard drive Droughns capped with his run.

Crayton gave the Cowboys a 17-14 lead with 20 seconds to go with a 20-yard catch and run after breaking a tackle by cornerback Aaron Ross.

Game notes


Line judge Jeff Seaman pulled a hamstring in the second quarter and referee Jeff Triplette's crew worked the rest of the game with six officials. ...Corey Webster, who started at cornerback for the Giants in the season opener and lost his job in Game 3, was inactive. ...The Giants are now 1-3 wearing red jerseys. ...Giants RT Kareem McKenzie suffered a bruised back in the second half and was replaced by Guy Whimper. ...Dallas DT Tank Johnson had three tackles, a sack and a penalty in his first action since serving an eight-game NFL suspension for off-field problems.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
DAL
NYG
1st Downs1923
Passing 1st downs
1211
Rushing 1st downs
47
1st downs from penalties
35
3rd down efficiency
5-117-14
4th down efficiency
0-00-1
Total Plays5467
Total Yards323300
Yards per play6.04.5
Total Drives1012
Passing243194
Comp-Att
20-2823-34
Yards per pass
8.45.0
Interceptions thrown
12
Sacks-Yards Lost
1-45-42
Rushing80106
Rushing Attempts
2528
Yards per rush
3.23.8
Red Zone (Made-Att)1-22-3
Penalties10-848-70
Turnovers12
Fumbles lost
00
Interceptions thrown
12
Defensive / Special Teams TDs00
Possession25:1234:48

Passing Leaders

DALC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Romo20/282478.8411-4
NYGC/ATTYDSAVGTDINTSACKS
Manning23/342366.9125-42

Rushing Leaders

DALCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jones11484.4020
Barber12342.806
NYGCARYDSAVGTDLG
Jacobs24954.0016
Droughns382.715

Receiving Leaders

DALRECYDSAVGTDLG
Owens612520.8250
Crayton56613.2120
NYGRECYDSAVGTDLG
Shockey1212910.8129
Toomer33712.3023

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERDALNYG
dalTD11:24Tony Curtis, 15 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 65 yds, 3:50
70
nygTD6:21Jeremy Shockey, 8 yd pass from Eli Manning (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 8 plays, 67 yds, 4:57
77
SECOND QUARTERDALNYG
dalFG15:00Nick Folk 44 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 6 plays, 13 yds, 2:56
107
nygTD4:45Reuben Droughns, 1 yd run (Lawrence Tynes kick is good)
Drive info: 11 plays, 60 yds, 7:22
1014
dalTD0:35Patrick Crayton, 20 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 7 plays, 68 yds, 1:21
1714
nygFG0:06Lawrence Tynes 40 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 2 plays, 44 yds, 0:26
1717
THIRD QUARTERDALNYG
dalTD7:25Terrell Owens, 25 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 12 plays, 86 yds, 6:27
2417
FOURTH QUARTERDALNYG
nygFG13:26Lawrence Tynes 26 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 16 plays, 75 yds, 8:56
2420
dalTD10:58Terrell Owens, 50 yd pass from Tony Romo (Nick Folk kick is good)
Drive info: 5 plays, 70 yds, 2:35
3120