EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A change in coaches was all the Cowboys needed to play like, well, the Cowboys of old.
Give interim coach Jason Garrett credit, for at least one game.
Jon Kitna passed for 327 yards and three touchdowns and Dallas looked revitalized with Garrett running the team in Sunday's 33-20 victory over the Giants.
"I thought the intensity was there in all three areas," Garrett said after a wild game that featured two power outages in the new $1.6 billion stadium, one that left some 81,000 fans in total darkness for a couple of seconds. "Guys were fighting for each other. We were challenged in all areas and I think we stepped up."
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave the game ball to Garrett, in his first game replacing the fired Wade Phillips, and the Cowboys snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a five-game winning streak for the Giants.
"The timing is more important than what it means specifically to the future," Jones said. "It's a good time to have a good feeling, we needed it. … We have to get a lot of things worked out."
Cowboys rookie cornerback Bryan McCann scored on a team-record 101-yard interception return in a game highlighted by big plays and two third-quarter power failures that delayed the game for 11 minutes.
Eli Manning threw two touchdowns and Lawrence Tynes kicked two field goals for the banged-up Giants, who played without receiver Steve Smith and offensive tackle David Diehl.
Dallas gained 427 yards on the NFL's top-ranked defense and forced three turnovers.
"They did a lot different," Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. "Give them credit. They did a good job of isolating, getting the one-on-ones they look for."
Jones said this would be only one game used to evaluate Garrett as coach of a team expecting to play at home in the Super Bowl in February.
With the lights dimmed for the first time, Kitna found Felix Jones on a screen and the running back scampered 71 yards untouched for a 26-6 lead.
"If I had known it would have ended like this," Giants president and CEO John Mara quipped, "I would have kept the lights off."