ARLINGTON, Texas – Eli Manning stood on the New York Giants sideline in disbelief when it looked as if the Dallas Cowboys had scored a go-ahead touchdown with 10 seconds left.
What was encouraging is what he didnt see: a replay on the giant videoboard that hangs above the field at Cowboys Stadium – where the Giants still have never lost – after a wild 29-24 victory Sunday.
Officials reviewed and overturned Dez Bryants apparent 37-yard touchdown catch, ruling his hand hit out of bounds, and the Cowboys couldnt get into the end zone after the overturned play.
I couldnt quite believe they were able to hit a touchdown in that situation. I kind of kept looking for the replay, Manning said. You know the game was not going to be over until that clock hit zero.
This was the 20th time in Mannings career that the Giants rallied in the fourth quarter to win. And this comeback came after New York blew an early 23-0 lead.
After their sixth win in seven games since a season-opening home loss to Dallas, the Giants (6-2) hurriedly cleared out of Cowboys Stadium trying to get home as quickly as possible with Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast.
The Giants are 4-0 in Arlington since Jerry Jones football palace opened in 2009 with a New York victory.
Coupled with Sunday losses by Philadelphia (3-4) and Washington (3-5), the Giants strengthened their hold on the NFC East lead halfway through their schedule.
New York led 23-0 just 2 minutes into the second quarter when defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown. That was the third of four interceptions thrown by Tony Romo, and Dallas (3-4) finished with six turnovers.
But the Giants didnt score again until Lawrence Tynes made a 43-yard field goal with 10:20 left for a 26-24 lead. He kicked a 37-yarder with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth for his fifth of the game.
Stevie Brown set up Tynes last field goal with a fumble recovery and also had two interceptions.
We have good leadership, good people, Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. Theyre fighters in that locker room. Sometimes it comes out differently than it was designed.
Romo threw for a career-high 437 yards while completing 36 of 62 passes. Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys team record with 18 catches, which resulted in 167 yards. Miles Austin had nine catches for 133 yards and Bryant had five catches for 110 yards.