ARLINGTON — Brandon Carr returned an interception 49 yards for a clinching touchdown, and the Dallas Cowboys beat Eli Manning for the first time at their fancy $1.2 billion stadium with six takeaways in a 36-31 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Tony Romo threw two scoring passes to Jason Witten.
Manning threw three touchdown passes to Victor Cruz and had New York in position for a comeback despite the flurry of mistakes.
But with the Giants trailing 30-24, a pass from Manning went off the hand of running back De'Rel Scott into Carr's arms.
The cornerback beat Manning down the sideline for Dallas' second defensive touchdown with 1:50 remaining.
The Giants and Manning won in their first four trips to Arlington, including the stadium's first regular-season game in 2009.
The Cowboys finally solved their Red Zone issues to find the end zone, but a defensive lapse means we've got a tight ballgame with the Cowboys leading 13-10 at halftime of their season opener against the Giants.
The Cowboys defense forced three turnovers in the first half, but the offense was just 1-for-4 in the Red Zone when it comes to scoring touchdowns.
Tony Romo found Jason Witten late in the half for a 15-yard touchdown strike, finally hitting pay dirt, and the Cowboys opened what seemed like a commanding 13-3 lead.
But the Dallas defense ruined a near-perfect half when a miscommunication in the secondary let Victor Cruz streak down the field wide open.
Eli Manning put the pass on his numbers and it resulted in a 70-yard quick strike score that silenced the building and got the Giants right back in the ballgame.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was went to the sidelines after being knocked to the turf by two New York Giants players near the end of the first half.
Team officials said Romo was likely to return in the second half with Dallas leading 13-10.
In a turnover-filled first 15 minutes, the Dallas Cowboys failed to capitalize on multiple opportunities and the score of the season opener with the New York Giants was tied at 3.
New defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's charge was to force more turnovers, and that's exactly what he's doing.
On the first play of the game, DeMarcus Ware picked off a screen pass attempt from Giants quarterback Eli Manning.
On the Giants' next series, Barry Church caused a fumble, recovered by George Selvie.
The Cowboys made it three straight takeaways when Will Allen picked off Manning near midfield.
The Cowboys' offense couldn't get on track, however, sputtering in the Red Zone in familiar fashion.
The first Dallas possession of the 2013 campaign started at the Giants' 15 yard line, but the offense suffered a false start penalty and was forced to settle for a short field goal and a 3-0 lead.
Later in the quarter, the Cowboys had another shot to score deep in Giants territory, but Ryan Mundy picked off quarterback Tony Romo and returned it 91 yards to the Cowboys one yard line.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray needs to be given credit for hustling downfield and stopping Mundy from scoring — especially after the Cowboys' defense put together a goal line stand, forcing the Giants to kick a short field goal to tie the game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.