ARLINGTON, Texas — Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul started Sunday night's game with a safety and ended it by blocking a last-second Cowboys field goal try to preserve victory.
Eli Manning took care of most everything in between.
Manning ended New York's four-game losing streak in style, leading the Giants to two touchdowns in the final 3:14 to beat the Cowboys 37-34 in a showdown for first in the NFC East.
Dallas appeared to tie the score with a 47-yard field goal as time expired, but New York called its final timeout. Given another chance to force overtime, rookie Dan Bailey's kick was blocked by Pierre-Paul, the former USF star who also had a sack for a safety on the second play of the game and forced a fumble.
"He can do everything," Manning told NBC about Pierre-Paul, who played one season at USF before coming out early for the 2010 draft, where he was a first-round pick. "He's a playmaker; you get him on the field, good things happen. (It was) a big block right there."
Brandon Jacobs scored the winning touchdown on a 1-yard run with 46 seconds left, capping a six-play, 58-yard drive that took just 1:26.
Dallas took over and Tony Romo, who had four touchdown passes, led the Cowboys down to the Giants 29-yard line, but all that did was set up Pierre-Paul for his game-deciding play.
The Giants and Cowboys are tied atop the division, but New York took the edge in the tiebreaker. The teams meet again in the season finale, on New Year's Day, at the Giants' homefield.
Romo's 50-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant with 5:52 left seemed to seal the game and give Dallas a two-game lead in the division.
But the Giants got back within five on Manning's 8-yard TD to Jake Ballard with 3:20 left, then held Dallas and forced a punt.
Manning, who threw for 400 yards, hit Mario Manningham on a 47-yard touchdown to give New York a 22-20 lead late in the third quarter. But Dallas went back on top on Tony Romo's 6-yard score to Miles Austin in the fourth
The Cowboys likely will rely on Romo and the passing game more than ever now.
Emerging running back DeMarco Murray broke his right ankle in the first quarter, ending his record-setting rookie season.
Murray burst onto the scene by rushing for a franchise-record 253 yards, seventh-most in NFL history, in October. That earned him a spot in the starting lineup.