The Dallas Cowboys defeated the Giants 24-21 Sunday to continue their four-game string of winning a game and losing a game.
Not since October 20 have the Cowboys been able to actually win two in a row — and they've done that only once this season.
Dallas won the game on a final drive that covered the final 4:45 of the game and gave Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo his 21st game-winning drive.
“I think you just stay at the task at hand and just think about each play,” Romo said. “You go back to your film study throughout the week and just try to understand what way you think they want to attack you, stick to your guns until you see something a little different, and go do it.”
“First of all, I thought it was a great drive,” said Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett. “That’s really when you separate yourself as a quarterback, as an offensive football team, and as a team in general.”
Romo’s game-winning came with his 103rd start as Cowboys quarterback. It tied him former Dallas QB Troy Aikman, who also had 21 game-winning drives. Aikman, however, had a better team, and therefore didn’t have to bring his team back as often.
Aikman’s 21 come-from-behind wins came after 165 starts.
By comparison, former Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach had 23 come-from-behind wins in 144 starts.
Romo’s final drive came after New York had tied the game on a four-yard touchdown pass from Eli Manning to Louis Murphy Jr. A two-point conversion run by Andre Brown tied the game at 21-all before Romo brought the Cowboys back.
Romo said his experience paid off. “You’ve just got to go and score, get a field goal or touchdown to win the game,” he said. “I think you either feel comfortable in those situations or you don’t. Through all the experiences and the times that you’ve put yourself in that position, you feel good. I just think you go out and do it.”
“It was an important win for us,” Garrett added. “Anytime you come up on the road against a division opponent and win a ball game like this, it’s a big win.”
“I think everybody understood how important this football game was for both teams,” Romo said. “They had won four games in a row and had put themselves back in position. You could tell by their words they were confident leading up to it and that’s what makes the game great."
Dallas ended the Giants' four-game winning streak and made their challenge of reaching the playoffs more difficult.
For the day, Romo completed 23 of 38 passes for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He also had one interception.
“When you look at the critical moments and you make the stops, and you make the plays, you convert when you need to and you make the big kick at the end, that’s a good win for your team — particularly on the road in these kind of conditions,” Garrett said.
Dan Bailey’s 35-yard field goal on the final play of the game was the difference.
The victory moved the Cowboys (6-5) into a first-place tie with idle Philadelphia in the NFC East and left the Giants (4-7) wondering about what they gave away in two losses to Dallas.