Wednesday, December 13, 2017
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Giants KO (return) Cowboys

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Tom Coughlin's Giants have a flair for the dramatic.

America saw that in their two Super Bowl upsets of New England, and Dallas saw it firsthand Sunday in Coughlin's 100th regular-season win as Giants coach, 27-20 over the Cowboys.

This win was all about pouncing on mistakes.

"We were a plus-four," Coughlin said of the turnover ratio. "We played hard, we wanted it bad."

Coughlin, 69, joined Hall of Famer Steve Owen as the only Giants coaches with 100 wins. Coughlin also has 12 in the postseason, with those two titles.

New York snapped a five-game slide against Dallas as Dwayne Harris ran back a kickoff 100 yards for the winning points in the fourth quarter against his former teammates. That boosted the Giants into first place in the NFC East, pending Philadelphia's night game at Carolina.

"We've been overdue for a long time," Harris said. "Always one block away, one man away. Tonight it was blocked perfect. Anybody could have ran through that, the hole that was made."

Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie had two interceptions, returning one 58 yards for a touchdown. Safety Brandon Meriweather also had a pick and Myles White grabbed Cole Beasley's muff of a punt in the final minutes to put it away.

The Cowboys lost their fourth in a row without injured offensive stars Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Starting running back Joseph Randle left early with a strained back, but Darren McFadden rushed for 152 yards and a score.

Matt Cassel, in his first start for the benched Brandon Weeden as Romo heals, forced some throws. The third-quarter score was the seventh in Rodgers-Cromartie's eight pro seasons, six by interceptions.

"I told myself if I see it, just take a chance," Rodgers-Cromartie said.

His other interception, the third Giants pick within five throws by Cassel, led to nothing then Cassel found the range. He guided Dallas on an 80-yard drive, with a pinpoint pass to Devin Street, whose first career touchdown came on a tip-toe reception in the right corner of the end zone to tie it at 20.

Thirteen seconds later, Harris was sprinting down the right sideline for the winning points with 7:01 left.

After that score, Dallas defensive end Greg Hardy broke into the special teams huddle to berate his teammates.

Safety Danny McCray, a member of the unit, said Hardy even "pushed me a little bit.

"Greg Hardy is such a passionate player," McCray said. "He's all over the place. He's in the defensive huddle, the offensive huddle, and today he made our special teams huddle."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said the incident was not an issue, and team owner Jerry Jones concurred.

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