New York Giants Hold off Tony Romo and Dallas Cowboys for 29-24 Win in Thriller

Tim KeeneyContributor IOctober 28, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 28:  Jason Pierre-Paul #90 of the New York Giants celebrates his interception for a touchdown with  Antrel Rolle #26 against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Ho-hum, just another instant classic between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

Whenever these two NFC East rivals match up, weird things seem to happen, and that was no different this latest tilt, with the G-men squeaking out a 29-24 victory.

The Giants were out for revenge after Dallas won the Week 1 matchup, and if the first 20 minutes were any indication, they were easily going to get it. Tony Romo entered bad-Tony Romo mode and threw three early interceptions, which led to a Jason Pierre-Paul touchdown and short fields for Eli Manning and crew.

New York, however, eventually blew its early 23-0 lead to let Dallas take the 24-23 lead after three quarters, but Lawrence Tynes' fourth and fifth field goals of the game put the Giants ahead for good. 

Romo did, at times, enter good-Tony Romo mode and led a valiant late comeback, but it wasn't enough, as Dez Bryant couldn't stay inbounds for what appeared to be a game-winning, 37-yard TD catch with 10 seconds remaining, as replays showed Bryant’s hand touched out of bounds first.

The box score was unusually lopsided in the losers' favor. 

Romo threw the ball 62 times for a ridiculous 437 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing, one passing), and his tight end was the biggest beneficiary (via CBS Sports):

Jason Witten breaks the NFL record for catches by a tight end in a game with 18. Cowboys still lose 29-24:

— (@CBSSports) October 28, 2012


Witten's 18 catches went for 167 yards, Miles Austin chipped in 133 on nine grabs, and Dez Bryant tallied 110 yards on five receptions as Dallas outgained New York, 434-293, in total offense. 

But the Cowboys turned the ball over six times, and the Giants made the right plays at the right time to secure the important division victory. 

New York increased its imposing division lead by moving to 6-2, while the Cowboys dropped to 3-4.