Game notes

Tough catch: Jeremy Shockey admitted that he pushed off on Dallas safety Roy Williams on his 1-yard TD catch that gave New York a 13-10 third-quarter lead. Williams immediately complained to the officials after the play. <BR><BR>

"I thought I pushed off a little bit," said Shockley, who scored on the same play he did in Green Bay, this time in the opposite corner of the end zone. "Nothing's going to be perfect. It's football, things happen. People hold you."

Fast start: New York hasn't started a season 4-1 since they began the 1993 campaign, Dan Reeves' first season at the helm, with a 5-1 mark.

Walking wounded: New York lost two prominent players to injuries during the win in Dallas. DT Fred Robbins left the contest with a shoulder injury, and did not return. Ditto for WR Tim Carter, who succumbed to a hip injury.

Series notes: The Cowboys still hold a 50-31-2 lead in the all-time series, including a 22-10 advantage in Texas Stadium.

Day off: Tom Coughlin gave his players the day off on Friday, by far the nicest thing he's done for his troops thus far.

Brief exchange: Tom Coughlin and Bill Parcells met at midfield very briefly after the game. "I wished him the best, wished him good luck," Coughlin said. "He's a real good friend of mine."

Trustworthy Tiki: Tiki Barber has done an exceptional job of holding onto the ball. Through fives games, he has 96 carries and 19 receptions and has yet to put the ball on the ground, let alone lose a fumble.

"He's half-man, half-amazing," Michael Strahan said. "He's not that big a guy, but the heart he plays with really sparks the team."

And he holds onto the ball.

One tough rookie: Rookie safety Gibril Wilson continues to impress, making five stops and posting his first career sack. Wilson also got into a bit of a shoving match with Cowboys RB Eddie George after a George run down the sideline.

"He had his hand in my face after the play," Wilson said. "I'm not going to take that. We want to be the more physical team."

No (run) defense: The Giants have now allowed at least 100 rushing yards in 16 of their last 19 games.

Bye bye: The Giants, entering their weekend off, have one of the NFL's best records in games prior to a bye:

New York's 13-3 mark trails only San Francisco (13-2), and is tied with Dallas and Seattle for second-best.

Here are New York's all-time results in games before a bye:

1990: W, vs. Dallas, 31-17

1991: W, in overtime at Pittsburgh, 23-20

1992: W, at Chicago, 27-14

1993: W, vs. Rams, 20-10, before first bye

W, vs. Philadelphia, 21-10, before second bye

1994: W, vs. Washington, 31-23

1995: L, vs. Philadelphia, 17-14

1996: W, vs. Minnesota, 15-10

1997: W, vs. Cincinnati, 29-17

1998: W, vs. Arizona, 34-7

1999: W, in overtime at Philadelphia, 23-17

2000: W, vs. Dallas, 19-14

2001: L, vs. Oakland, 28-10

2002: L, vs. Atlanta, 17-10

2003: W, in overtime at Washington, 24-21

2004: W, at Dallas, 26-10

As coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tom Coughlin was 5-3 in games prior to a bye week.

On the sideline: In addition to LB Wes Mallard, who is out for the year, Coughlin deactivated WR Willie Ponder for the second consecutive week, leaving the kickoff return duties to Mike Cloud. There were no surprises among the rest of New York's inactives: newly-signed S Curry Burns, OL Greg Walker, OL Marquis Sullivan, WR Jamaar Taylor (hamstring) and DT Kenderick Allen. As usual, Jesse Palmer was the club's third QB.

NFC East: The Eagles remained atop the division with a 4-0 mark after their bye weekend. The Giants (4-1) moved within a half-game of the Birds via their fourth straight win. The Cowboys fell to 2-2, while the Redskins continued to bring up the NFC East rear.

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