Cowboys Win in Overtime

Dallas improves to 4-2 on the year and stakes a claim at first place in the NFC East.

Jeremy Shockey showed why the New York Giants gave him a contract extension. Drew Bledsoe showed why the Dallas Cowboys signed him in the offseason.

After Shockey caught a game-tying 28-yard touchdown pass with 19 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Bledsoe directed a quick scoring drive in overtime to lead the Cowboys to a 16-13 victory over the Giants in a battle of NFC East rivals.

The game featured eight turnovers - four by each team. Jose Cortez ended the sloppy but exciting affair with a 45-yard field goal 3:47 into overtime.

Bledsoe completed 26-of-37 passes for 312 yards and one touchdown, but lost three fumbles.

New York's Eli Manning was 14-of-30 for 215 yards and a touchdown, but committed two turnovers, including his first interception in 125 pass attempts.

After a superb defensive performance in a 33-10 win over Philadelphia last week, the Cowboys (4-2) kept the Giants out of the end zone until Shockey caught his touchdown pass, tying the game at 13-13.

The Giants (3-2) had a chance to tie the game before that, but rookie running back Brandon Jacobs fumbled at the Dallas 1 after being hit by Roy Williams, who recovered the ball with 1:18 left in the fourth quarter.

After Dallas went three-and-out, the Giants took over at their own 48. Manning quickly connected with Plaxico Burress on a 24-yard pass before Shockey got away from Williams on a crossing pattern and caught the tying touchdown.

Shockey signed a five-year contract extension worth more than $30 million on Thursday. He finished with five catches for 129 yards.

But Dallas won the coin flip in overtime and Bledsoe completed 3-of-4 passes for 49 yards, including a 26-yarder to tight end Jason Witten, to set up the winning field goal.

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