The Giants struck first, with a 43-yard Lawrence Tynes field goal in the first quarter, but Dallas took the lead on their first offensive possession, on a freakishly impressive 13-yard touchdown catch by Dez Bryant. David Buehler missed the extra point, as the attempt was tipped by a defender, but he made up for it with successful attempts of 22, and 23 yard field goal tries.
Kitna finished 13 of 22 passing for 327 yards, three touchdowns and an interception. Bryant was masterful once again, with three catches in five targets for 104 yards and the touchdown.
Rookie defensive back Bryan McCann saw a good deal of playing time in the absence of Terence Newman and, later, Mike Jenkins--who each missed time in the first half due to ankle and neck injuries, respectively--and midway through the second quarter, rewarded coaches with a 101-yard interception return for a touchdown.
Tynes added a 25-yard field goal late in the second quarter to bring New York to within 13, but after the intermission, Dallas would answer quickly.
Felix Jones took a pass from Kitna 71 yards for a touchdown less than a minute into the third quarter to kick off a back and forth frame. Manning hit Mario Manningham for a touchdown on the Giants’ next possession, but Dallas answered with a 24-yard touchdown strike from Kitna to Miles Austin.
A touchdown pass from Manning to tight end Kevin Boss drew the deficit to 13, but, after a scoreless fourth quarter, that was as close as New York would get on Sunday, as Dallas ended the team’s five-game winning streak, and their own five game losing streak.
Dallas will welcome the Detroit Lions to Cowboys Stadium next week.
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