Giants-Cowboys: New York Owns Dallas, Maintain First Place in East
Later in the first quarter, Manning would connect with Steve Smith for a 5-yard pass and another touchdown after a five play drive for 27 yards. This was Smith's first touchdown catch of his career.
With the Giants ahead 14-0, the 'Boys finally put themselves on the board in the second quarter.
Cornerback Mike Jenkins picked off Manning and ran for a 23-yard interception return, putting Dallas down by one score. Manning and wide-out Plaxico Burress seemed to be crossed up, and Burress let Manning know how he felt about it after the pick.
Manning would hook up with Amani Toomer later in the second quarter for an 11-yard touchdown pass, giving the Giants a 21-7 edge at halftime.
In the third quarter, Brandon Jacobs ran 12 yards for a rushing touchdown, putting the Giants up by a bunch, 28-7.
With Dallas' starting quarterback Brad Johnson out, third string Brooks Bollinger connected with Terrell Owens for an eight yard touchdown pass, making the score 28-14 at the end of three quarters.
In the fourth, Derrick Ward of the Giants would wrap up the game, running 17 yards for a touchdown, and giving the Giants a 35-14 lead that held up.
Manning completed 16 passes out of 27, passing for a total of 147 yards, good for three touchdowns and one interception.
Johnson and Bollinger went a combined 14 for 27, tossing 134 yards in the air for one touchdown and three interceptions.
Jacobs led the game in rushing amassing 117 yards on 17 carries. He averaged 6.9 yards per carry, and had one touchdown on the ground.
The defense was also a key factor in this game, as cornerback Corey Webster picked off the Cowboys twice while James Butler also contributed with an interception.
Giants' defensive end Justin Tuck had two and a half sacks.
"When a football team comes in here kind of depleted as far as injuries go, you don't want to give them any sunlight," Tuck said to NFL.com. "You don't want to give them any light whatsoever."
The Giants have now won their fifth straight game at home while Dallas has now lost three of their last four games. The Giants improve to a solid 7-1 record and maintain their first place seed in the NFC Eastern Division. The Cowboys are now 5-4, dead last in the east.
The Giants will travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles next Sunday night while the Cowboys, with a bye, have an extra week to contemplate their current plight.
Photo/sources/credit: NFL.com, Giants.com
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