Memorable moments from Giants-Cowboys
The Giants and Cowboys face off at MetLife Stadium on Sunday for their second meeting of the season. The Week 15 matchup will be the 120th of the all-time series between the division rivals.
Here are some memorable moments from Giants' victories in the NFC East rivalry.
*The Giants and Cowboys met in Week 17 of the 2004 season, with both teams sitting under .500 in the final week. However, this game still had plenty of significance, as it served as the first career win as a starter for Giants legendary quarterback Eli Manning. Manning completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 144 yards and three touchdowns, while David Tyree finished as the leading receiver with seven receptions for 71 yards and a touchdown. The Giants won 28-24.
*A little under two years later, another quarterback saw his first extended NFL action during a game between these two teams. After Drew Bledsoe started at quarterback for Dallas in the first half, Cowboys head coach Bill Parcells decided to switch things up in the second half with backup QB Tony Romo under center. Romo went on to throw three interceptions while the Giants won the game, 36-22.
*The division foes had two important matchups during the 2011 season, starting with the Week 14 contest in Dallas. The Giants got the scoring started with a sack of Tony Romo in the end zone for a safety. After the teams exchanged scores most of the game, Dallas went on to take a 34-22 lead late in the fourth quarter. Manning led two consecutive touchdown drives to give the Giants a 37-34 lead, before Romo led the Cowboys down the field for a game-tying field goal with six seconds left. However, the kick was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul to seal the victory for the Giants.
*The teams met again in Week 17, with the Giants needing a victory in order to clinch the NFC East crown and their spot in the postseason. Manning threw for 346 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in this game, six of which went to Victor Cruz for 178 yards and a score, and Big Blue picked up the win at home, 31-14.
*In Week 9 of the 1986 season, the Cowboys and Giants met in East Rutherford with Dallas having one of the top offenses in the NFL. Both teams were 6-2 and at the top of the division, but this game put the two clubs on opposite tracks for the rest of the year. The Giants limited the Cowboys to just 14 points and wound up winning the game 17-14. Following the loss, Dallas went 1-6 the rest of the season while the Giants won every single game on their way to a Super Bowl XXI Championship.
*Of the 119 previous meetings between the Giants and Cowboys, only one came in the postseason. After the Giants made their way into the 2007 playoffs and defeated the NFC South champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Wild Card Round, Big Blue traveled to Dallas to take on the Cowboys in the Divisional Round. The teams exchanged scores throughout the game before Brandon Jacobs scored on a one-yard run early in the fourth quarter to give the Giants a 21-17 lead. Romo led the Cowboys on a drive deep into Giants territory late in the fourth quarter, but was intercepted by Giants cornerback R.W. McQuarters in the end zone with just 9 seconds remaining to seal the victory for Big Blue. As we know, the Giants would go on to defeat the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII just a few weeks later.
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View photos of the Dallas Cowboys likely starters ahead of the Week 15 matchup against the Giants at the MetLife Stadium.