4:15 PM ET, November 2, 2008
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Halfway through the season, it's safe to say the Super Bowl champion New York Giants are the team to beat in the NFC, and the injury ravaged Dallas Cowboys -- the preseason favorite -- will need to make a run after their bye just to make the postseason.
• New York outgained Dallas 319-183 as the Cowboys lost for the fourth time in their last six games and third in their last four.
• Eli Manning passed for 147 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.
• On the flip side, Brad Johnson and Brooks Bollinger combined to pass for 134 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions.
• Dallas gets a much-needed bye next week and is expected to have Tony Romo back under center when it visits the Redskins. With Romo, the Cowboys were 4-2 and averaged 274.0 passing yards per game. Without him, Dallas is 1-2 and averaging 140.3 yards per game through the air.
-- ESPN research
Smith's TD catch was the first of his career. ... Boss (ankle) and Butler (knee) were hurt in the game, although both looked good in the locker room after it was over. ... Dallas is now 16-4 heading into the bye week. ... Owens had five catches for 36, and now has 201 in his career in Dallas. ... The Giants' win was their second straight over Dallas (they won 21-17 in the playoffs in January) but it ended a three-game regular-season losing streak to the Cowboys. ... Dallas TE Jason Witten played despite a broken rib, but he did not have a catch for the first time this season.
Team Stat Comparison
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||3.3||4.9|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|TD||08:47||Kevin Boss 13 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (John Carney Kick)||0||7|
|TD||00:41||Steve Smith 5 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (John Carney Kick)||0||14|
|TD||08:38||Mike Jenkins 23 Yd Interception Return (Nick Folk Kick)||7||14|
|TD||01:28||Amani Toomer 11 Yd Pass From Eli Manning (John Carney Kick)||7||21|
|TD||13:16||Brandon Jacobs 12 Yd Run (John Carney Kick)||7||28|
|TD||14:07||Terrell Owens 8 Yd Pass From Brooks Bollinger (Nick Folk Kick)||14||28|
|TD||08:20||Derrick Ward 17 Yd Run (John Carney Kick)||14||35|