Ex-Cowboy Harris Lifts Giants Over Dallas
The New York Giants earned their first victory over rival Dallas in three years on Sunday, capped by a kickoff return touchdown from an ex-Cowboy that broke a 20-all tie in the fourth quarter to push the G-Men to a 27-20 win at MetLife Stadium.
In his first start with the Cowboys, Matt Cassel threw interceptions on three consecutive possessions in the second half, including one returned for touchdown as the Giants went ahead 20-13. But, the veteran QB shook off his accuracy issues by leading a nine play, 80 yard, fourth quarter drive that ended on a beautifully thrown 25-yard TD-pass to Devin Street to tie the game.
On the ensuing kickoff, Dwayne Harris returned it 100-yards for what turned out to be the game winning score.
The Cowboys next drive ended on downs, but Dallas used all three of their timeouts on New York running plays, giving the visitors one final possession. Cole Beasley fumbled it away on an attempted punt return as the Giants move to 4-3. Coupled with Philadelphia's loss to Carolina, New York is back atop NFC East.
Eli Manning had just 170 passing yards with not touchdowns or interceptions. Former practice square running back Orleans Darkwa lead the Giants in rushing attempts - 8 for 48 yards and touchdown. Shane Vareen had four attempts for 56 yards.Rashad Jennings and Andre Williams combined for another nine carries and 32 yards.
The Cowboys' running game totaled an impressive 233 yards, including 152 on 29 carries from Darren McFadden.
Dallas (2-4), which saw its five game winning streak against the Giants end, is now riding a four-game losing streak. They host the defending champion Seahawks next Sunday. The Giants have won four of five and will visit the suddenly resurgent Saints next week.