Bill Parcells has never been crazy about kickers. Martin Gramatica might have changed the Dallas coach's opinion.
Gramatica, signed Monday after Parcells cut the enigmatic Mike Vanderjagt, hit a 46-yard field goal with a second left Sunday to give Dallas a victory, and a two-game lead in the NFC East.
"I've got to thank the Cowboys for giving me a second chance," said Gramatica, who played for the Bucs from 1999-2004 and is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 591 points.
"It's been a rough couple of years for me," he said, "being out all last year and then not making any teams this year."
Being the new guy didn't keep Gramatica from bursting into one of his over-the-top celebrations: He leaped into the arms of his teammates as Parcells broke into a wide smile.
The winning score was set up by a 42-yard pass by Tony Romo to Jason Witten and came just more than a minute after the Giants tied the score at 20 on a 5-yard score from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress.
Gramatica signed last week after the Cowboys cut Vanderjagt, who got a three-year, $5.3-million contract in the offseason.
"Gramatica made me look good," Parcells said.
There were three scores in the final 3:33. Marion Barber scored the second of his two touchdowns on a 7-yard run for Dallas. Then Manning drove the Giants 63 yards for the tying score.
NOTABLE: Giants All-Pro defensive end Osi Umenyiora returned after missing five games with a hip injury but had no tackles.
Cowboys 7 3 3 10 23
Giants 7 0 3 10 20