Giants Recover for 29-24 Win in Dallas as Jets Lose, Fall to 3-5

The New York Giants pulled out a 29- 24 road win against the division-rival Dallas Cowboys after blowing a 23-0 second-quarter lead, while the New York Jets were routed by the Miami Dolphins 30-9 at home after falling behind 20-0 in the first half.

The Giants got a pair of fourth-quarter field goals from Lawrence Tynes after Dallas had scored 24 straight points to grab a 24-23 third-quarter lead yesterday. The Giants then held on for their fourth straight National Football League victory at Cowboys Stadium as Dallas failed to score a go-ahead touchdown on its final two drives.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, who passed for 437 yards, threw his fourth interception of the game at the Giants’ 17-yard line with one minute, three seconds left.

The Cowboys got the ball back again and Dez Bryant out- jumped two Giants defenders to catch a 37-yard pass in the end zone with 10 seconds remaining. The initial ruling of a touchdown was overturned after video review showed the fingers on Bryant’s right hand touched the back line of the end zone before his body hit the ground inbounds.

“Every time we come here it’s a nail-biter in some way, shape or form,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin, whose previous three wins in Dallas came by a combined 111-100 score, told reporters. “We’re happy to win and be on our way home.”

The Giants improved to 6-2 and avenged their 24-17 home loss to the Cowboys in the opening game of the season.

The Cowboys fell to 3-4 and are tied with the Philadelphia Eagles for second place in the National Football Conference’s Eastern Division. The Eagles lost 30-17 yesterday to the Atlanta Falcons, who at 7-0 are the NFL’s only undefeated team.

Manning Wins

Peyton Manning outdueled Drew Brees in last night’s game as the Denver Broncos rolled past the New Orleans Saints 34-14. Manning passed for 305 yards and three touchdowns, including two to Eric Decker, as the Broncos improved to 4-3 and dropped the Saints to 2-5. Brees had 213 passing yards.

The Chicago Bears beat the Carolina Panthers 23-22 on a 41- yard field goal by Robbie Gould as time expired to improve their record to 6-1. The Bears scored 16 fourth-quarter points to stay unbeaten at home and send the Panthers (1-6) to their fifth straight defeat.

The New England Patriots stayed atop the AFC East at 5-3 after scoring 45 straight points in a 45-7 rout of the St. Louis Rams at Wembley Stadium in London. Tom Brady passed for 304 yards and four touchdowns as the Patriots totaled at least 350 total yards for the 17th straight game, breaking an NFL record held by the 1999-2000 Rams.

Other Games

In yesterday’s other games, it was Cleveland 7, San Diego 6; Detroit 28, Seattle 24; Oakland 26, Kansas City 16; Pittsburgh 27, Washington 12; Green Bay 24, Jacksonville 15; and Indianapolis 19, Tennessee 13 in overtime.

The Week 8 schedule, which began with Tampa Bay beating Minnesota 36-17 on Oct. 25, concludes tonight with the San Francisco 49ers at the Arizona Cardinals. Buffalo, Cincinnati, Baltimore and Houston don’t play this week.

The Dolphins overcame an injury to quarterback Ryan Tannehill to win their third straight game and drop the Jets to last place in the American Football Conference East Division.

The Dolphins recovered an onsides kick, scored a touchdown off a blocked punt and also blocked a field goal in opening a 20-0 halftime lead at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Jets were held to 45 yards on their first 22 plays.

Jets Sputter

“We didn’t get it going early, we just sputtered around,” Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez said at a news conference. “We just had too many mistakes. It was all just average and they took advantage of our mistakes.”

Olivier Vernon, Daniel Thomas and Anthony Fasano scored touchdowns for the Dolphins, who improve to 4-3 with their third road win this season. The Jets, who have now lost three times at home, drop to 3-5.

“It was set up for us to go into this bye week feeling good, get back to .500 and be right where we want to be in our division,” Sanchez said. “Now we’ve made things difficult.”

Dolphins backup quarterback Matt Moore completed 11 of 19 pass attempts for 131 yards and one touchdown after Tannehill left the game in the first quarter with a left leg injury. Sanchez connected with 28 of his 54 passes for 283 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

“To say I didn’t see this coming is an understatement,” Jets coach Rex Ryan said. “We were all looking forward to this game, but in this league you have to execute and Miami out- executed us without question. They made some plays early in the game and we couldn’t recover.”

Giants’ Lead

In Dallas, the Giants opened up a 23-0 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter by taking advantage of three interceptions thrown by Romo. Jason Pierre-Paul returned the third interception 28 yards for a score 1:55 into the second quarter to quiet the Dallas crowd.

The Cowboys cut the deficit to 23-10 at halftime and took a 24-23 lead in the third quarter as Romo scored on a 1-yard run and threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to John Phillips.

The Giants regained the lead with field goals on their first two possessions of the fourth quarter, the second coming after a fumble by Cowboys running back Felix Jones. Dallas finished with six turnovers.

“You can’t just battle, you have to find ways to win,” said Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, who had a team-record 18 receptions for 167 yards. “You’re at that point in the season where you have to start putting wins together.”

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