‘Fortunate’ win for Cowboys

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Dallas committed four turnovers, missed two field goals and allowed a tying touchdown with 19 seconds left, yet overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime for a 16-13 victory over the equally inept Giants. “I feel pretty fortunate,” Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. He should. Coming off a throttling victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas (4-2) gave New York every chance to put this game away early. But Eli Manning and the Giants (3-2) couldn’t do it. They trailed 7-6 midway through the third quarter after the Cowboys had already committed all of their turnovers. Then New York started giving the ball away: four turnovers in five drives, including a fumble at the Dallas 1 with 1:18 left while down by seven. “We just shot ourselves in the foot,” Manning said. “We were letting them get the best off us.” Keeping with the game’s theme, the Cowboys wasted their chances, too. Manning wound up throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey that forced overtime. IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants wanted to find out Sunday which of them looked ready to challenge for supremacy in the NFC East. The Cowboys won, but the answer to the bigger question might be neither. Dallas won the overtime coin toss and never gave the ball back. Bledsoe moved the Cowboys 51 yards in eight plays and Cortez made it pay off, giving them consecutive victories for the first time this season – and first place in the NFC East. “It was luck, totally luck,” Dallas receiver Keyshawn Johnson said. “We’re entitled to have a bad game and still win, at least once.” The flip side was felt in the New York locker room, where the only solace was knowing the rematch will be at Giants Stadium on Dec. 4. “This feels like a blown opportunity,” defensive end Michael Strahan said. “We should’ve won. … You’re not going to win when you handicap yourself.” Dallas limited New York to 92 yards and four first downs through three quarters. The Giants didn’t convert on third down until there was less than four minutes left in the game and finished 1 of 11. “The offense really let down the defense,” Shockey said. “We left them out there on the field too long.” The Cowboys bailed themselves out of one jam when Roy Williams knocked the ball from rookie running back Brandon Jacobs just shy of the goal line with 1:18 left. However, that forced Bledsoe to take snaps practically in the end zone and he couldn’t run out the clock. That gave Manning the ball with 52 yards and 52 seconds to go, leading to the tying score. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img