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Giants' late goal sinks Cowboys

LAWRENCE Tynes kicked a 37-yard field goal with four seconds left to lift the New York Giants to a 33-31 victory over Dallas on Sunday, as a record regular-season crowd flocked to the opening game at the Cowboys' new US$1.15 billion stadium.

The standing room-only crowd of 105,121 watched Dallas take a 31-30 lead with 3:46 to play when Felix Jones raced in for a seven-yard touchdown and Nick Folk added the extra point.

However, the Giants (2-0) moved the ball back into field-goal range and after the Cowboys (1-1) negated Tynes' first kick by calling a time out, Tynes kept his cool to kick the winning field goal, his fourth of the game.

"When we needed something at the end, we came through and got a big win," Giants quarterback Eli Manning, who directed the 11-play, 56-yard game-winning drive, told reporters.

Manning connected on seven of nine throws on the drive and finished with 25 completions on 38 attempts for 330 yards and two touchdowns. Neither team led by more than six points.

Mario Manningham, who grabbed a tipped pass from Manning on third down on the final drive, caught a 22-yarder in the second quarter to give New York a 20-14 edge. Steve Smith hauled in another from the same distance in the fourth quarter to push the Giants back ahead 27-24.

The Cowboys were hurt by three interceptions thrown by starter Tony Romo, including a first-quarter pick that Bruce Johnson returned 34 yards for a touchdown. "Obviously my mistakes really put us in a hole," Romo said. "I really cost us this one.

"It's frustrating. I'm just really, really disappointed in myself right now," added Romo, who finished 13 of 29 for 127 yards. Romo also rushed for one score, a three-yarder in the third quarter to put Dallas up 24-20, and earlier connected on a one-yard pass to Jason Witten for a touchdown.

Marion Barber rushed for a two-yard touchdown in the first quarter to put Dallas up 7-3.

Jets win

Also, Mark Sanchez connected with Dustin Keller on a go-ahead touchdown as the New York Jets beat New England Patriots 16-9. Tom Brady had a chance to tie it, getting the ball at the Patriots 10 with 1:48 left, but the Jets' defense stopped him as Dwight Lowery knocked away a pass to Joey Galloway on fourth down.

Brady was unable to engineer his 30th comeback victory as Sanchez took a knee twice to seal the first win for the Jets (2-0) over the Patriots (1-1) at home in nine games. Brady had beaten the Jets in 12 of the previous 14 games he had faced them overall.

In other action, it was: 49ers 23, Seahawks 10; Ravens 31, Chargers 26; Broncos 27, Browns 6; Bears 17, Steelers 14; Bengals 31, Packers 24; Saints 48, Eagles 22; Texans 34, Titans 31; Vikings 27, Lions 13; Falcons 28, Panthers 20; Bills 33, Buccaneers 20; Redskins 9, Rams 7; Raiders 13, Chiefs 10; and Cardinals 31, Jaguars 17.


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