By CLARENCE E. HILL JR.
Tribune News Service
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Tony Romo threw a 13-yard touchdown to Dez Bryant with 1:01 left in the game as Dallas rallied to beat the New York Giants 31-28 Sunday night at MetLife Stadium.
Trailing 28-24 with 3 minutes left in the game, Romo led the Cowboys on an 80-yard drive in seven plays for the game-winning score. The drive took 1:59. It was Romo's 27th career game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime.
The Giants got the ball back and a fourth-and-2 pass from Eli Manning to Rashad Jennings was originally marked as a first down at the Giants' 30. The replay official challenged the first down ruling, and the play was reversed.
Dallas ran out the final seconds for the win.
Romo completed 18 of 26 passes for 275 yards and four touchdowns, including two to Bryant. His others went to Jason Witten on a shovel pass and Cole Beasley on a 45-yard catch and run. Dan Bailey added a 38-yard field goal.
Bryant finished with seven catches for 86 yards.
DeMarco Murray gained 121 yards on 24 carries.
Manning passed for 338 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Rookie Odell Beckham Jr. had 10 catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns, including a spectacular one-hand, three-finger touchdown grab in the second quarter.
The Cowboys host Philadelphia (8-3) on Thanksgiving Day.
The Giants entered the game on a five-game losing streak, but didn't look that way in the opening quarter.
After Dallas punted away its first possession, the Giants converted four third downs on a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive.
The Giants had six runs and seven passes on the drive with Manning throwing a 3-yard touchdown to Beckham for a 7-0 lead.
On the first play of the second quarter, Manning threw a 43-yard touchdown to Beckham. The touchdown completed a six-play, 60-yard drive. Similar to the first quarter, the Cowboys countered with a score. This time a touchdown.
Dallas drove 77 yards in nine plays, including Romo's 26-yard screen pass to running back Lance Dunbar.
The touchdown came on a 4-yard shovel pass from Romo to Witten to make it 14-10 with 9:15 left in the first half.
Giants maintained their rhythm, including two more third-down conversions, with another 80-yard scoring drive.
Andre Williams capped the drive with a 3-yard touchdown to make it 21-10 at the 3:18 mark.
Defense and field position dominated the early portion of the third quarter as the Cowboys made two stops and the Giants, aided by a holding penalty wiping out a 39-yard catch by Dez Bryant, forced a Dallas punt. Then Dallas hit the big play.
Romo threw a short pass over the middle to Cole Beasley, who jumped over a defender then outran the secondary on a 45-yard touchdown to pull the Cowboys within 21-17 at the 6:35 mark. It was Beasley's first touchdown of the season.
The Giants used 10 plays to reach the Cowboys' 18.
On second and 10, Manning's high pass bounced off the fingertips of Preston Parker, who was running across the middle, and Barry Church made the interception. Church returned the ball 45 yards to the Cowboys' 48.
Four plays later, Romo threw a 31-yard touchdown to Bryant to give Dallas a 24-21 lead at the 1:08 mark of the third quarter.
The Giants retook the lead late in the final quarter with a 93-yard, 14-play drive that took 6 minutes, 12 seconds.
The touchdown came on a 1-yard pass from Manning to Adrien Robinson. It was Robinson's first touchdown of his career and gave the Giants a 28-24 lead with 3:00 left to play.
Taking over at their 20 after the touchback, the Cowboys used just eight plays go cover 80 yards with Romo hitting Bryant with a 12-yard touchdown with 1:01 left in the game to retake the lead at 31-28.