The NFC East just got a lot more interesting.
New York’s 31-24 victory over Dallas on Sunday keeps the Giants in the hunt for a division title and puts the Eagles in a first place tie.
Round two of the Cowboys/Giants/Eagles round robin extravaganza takes place next week when the Eagles and Giants square off in the Meadowlands.
You can’t pin this one on Tony Romo. He threw for 392 yards and three touchdowns, but Dallas’ running game could only manufacture 45 yards on 23 attempts.
Dallas controlled the ball for much of the game, but the Giants pulled off the big plays.
Mathias Kiwanuka forced a Marion Barber fumble late in the first half, which led to seven quick points. Brandon Jacobs took a screen pass 74 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. And Domenick Hixon returned a punt 79 yards for a backbreaking fourth quarter touchdown.
Give the Giants defensive staff credit for the changes they made on defense. They endeavored to stop the run, and the team’s performance improved in that area dramatically.
Talk will start again about a Dallas December swoon, but this was only one game, on the road, against a desperate former champion.
Unfortunately for the Cowboys, their next two games come against the Chargers and Saints. And Dallas has two division losses, compared to one for Philly and New York.
The NFC East race is just getting started.