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Travel Memories: Week 5 in Dallas

View photos of the Giants departing for their Week 5 trip to Dallas ahead of Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys.

The Giants will travel to Dallas this weekend to take on the Cowboys in their first NFC East game of the season. This is the Giants' third road game of the year, as they traveled to Chicago to take on the Bears in Week 2 and flew across the country to play the Rams in Los Angeles last week.

The Giants and Cowboys have met every season since 1960. In the 117 meetings between the two franchises, Dallas leads the series 68-46-2, while the Giants have won the only postseason meeting. The Giants are 5-6 since the Cowboys began playing at AT&T Stadium in 2009.

The first game played in Dallas between the two teams was in Week 5 of the 1961 season at the Cotton Bowl. Giants QB Y.A. Tittle threw two touchdown passes, one to Alex Webster and one to Kyle Rote, and the Giants defense picked of Cowboys QBs Don Meredith and Eddie LeBaron twice apiece, leading to a 31-10 victory for Big Blue.

In 1984, Ali Haji-Sheikh connected on four field goals while the defense limited the Cowboys to 256 total yards, resulting in a 19-7 win for the road Giants. A few years later in 1988, Lionel Manuel caught nine passes for 142 yards and a touchdown from Phil Simms while Harry Carson and Perry Williams each recorded an interception of Cowboys QB Steve Pelluer, helping the Giants emerge with a 12-10 victory. This was the start of a six-game winning streak for the Giants over the Cowboys, as Big Blue swept the season series from 1988-1990.

View rare photos from the historic rivalry between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys.

The Giants put together a phenomenal defensive effort against the Cowboys at Texas Stadium in the final week of the 1997 season. The defense limited Troy Aikman to 73 yards on 6 of 16 passing and Emmitt Smith to 40 rushing yards on 14 carries (3.1 yards per carry), while the entire Cowboys offense garnered only 184 total net yards. The Giants left Dallas with a 20-7 win to finish the season 10-5-1.

The only postseason meeting between the two franchises came in the 2007 NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Texas Stadium. Eli Manning completed over 66 percent of his passes with two touchdowns, both to Amani Toomer, and R.W. McQuarters was able to seal the 21-17 win with a late interception of Tony Romo in the end zone.

The two teams opened up AT&T Stadium in Week 1 of the 2009 season. Manning threw for 330 yards and two touchdowns- one to Mario Manningham, who finished with 10 receptions for 150 yards and the score, and the other to Steve Smith, who caught 10 passes for 134 yards. The defense registered three interceptions on Romo, two by Kenny Philips and one by Bruce Johnson, and Lawrence Tynes clinched it with a last-second 37-yard field goal to give the Giants a 33-31 win.

The Giants' most recent win in Dallas came in Week 1 of the 2016 season. Manning threw for three touchdowns and 207 yards while the defense was able to keep rookie QB Dak Prescott out of the end zone. Ezekiel Elliott was held to just 51 yards on 20 carries (2.6 yards per carry). The Giants were able to pull through for the W after Victor Cruz caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Manning midway through the fourth quarter to put them up 20-19, a lead the Giants would hold on to for the win. The Giants would go on to sweep the season series after defeating the then 11-1 Cowboys by a score of 10-7 at MetLife Stadium.

View photos of the Dallas Cowboys starters ahead of the Week 5 matchup, based on their unofficial depth chart.


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