How ‘Bout Them Cowboys? Dallas 10 & In!

Quincy Carter had a near-perfect game Sunday, throwing for 240 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions as the 10-5 Cowboys clinched their first playoff berth since 1999 with a 19-3 victory over the New York Giants, who fell to 4-11, at Texas Stadium.

The Cowboys struck first on a 24-yard field goal from Billy Cundiff less than two minutes in to take a 3-0 lead. After Giants kicker Matt Bryant, who Cowboy fans remember for kicking the ball out of bound in week two to aid Dallas in their first win under Bill Parcells, tied the game with a 45-yarder of his own, Carter and the Cowboys offense once again went to work.

Carter hit TE Jason Witten for a 36-yard strike to put Dallas up, 10-3, and the Cowboys never looked back. Cundiff added another field goal, this one for 42 yards, right before the half to make the score 13-3, and then hit again from 21 and 49 yards in the second half to make the final score 19-3.

For the second straight week, the Cowboys defense, led by Greg Ellis with three sacks, did not allow a touchdown in a winning effort, holding the Giants to just 212 total net yards. Terry Glenn led the way in receiving with five catches for 64 yards. Antonio Bryant had four catches for 41 yards, and Joey Galloway's 64-yard bomb on the opening drive set up Cundiff first kick of the afternoon. It was Galloway's only catch of the day.

Richie Anderson led the way in rushing for the Cowboys, with seven carries for 34 yards. Troy Hambrick carried the ball 12 times for a total of 36 yards, an average of three yards per carry.

For the Giants, Jesse Palmer started in place of injured QB Kerry Collins and finished 18-for-31 with 190 yards. Tiki Barber carried the ball 13 times for a total of 47 yards, and Amani Toomer led the way in receiving with five catches for 66 yards.

With the win, the Cowboys clinch a playoff spot, and will likely travel to either NFC North Champion Minnesota or Green Bay. Dallas is at New Orleans next week.

GAME NOTES: Quincy Carter's 240 passing yards put him over 3,000 yards for the season. He becomes the first Cowboys QB since Troy Aikman in 1997 to throw for over 3,000 yards in a single season. The victory for Dallas gives them a final division record of 5-1, something that has not been matched since the Cowboys went a perfect 8-0 in the NFC East in 1998. Billy Cundiff's four field goals gives him a total of 33 points scored against the Giants this season.

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