Giants in driver's seat

While the win over Dallas clearly left New York in the driver's seat to capture the NFC East and its automatic playoff berth, the Giants know their work is far from finished. "We still have a long season left," Eli Manning said. "We have four huge games left. Every game is just as important as the next so we cannot get comfortable right now. We cannot be content with where we are. We have to continue to improve over the next four games."

"We're 8-4," Tom Coughlin said. "We have four huge games to go that will determine the success of our season."

Dallas coach Bill Parcells certainly isn't ready to push the panic button, with his team trailing the Giants by only one game with four remaining.

"Well, they have a good advantage now, but I told our team before the game that I think the first team to 11 (wins) has a chance to win it," Parcells said. "There is a month of football left to go, so to be judgmental right now with just a one-game separation would be a little premature."

Michael Strahan, still seeking that elusive Super Bowl ring, thinks his club has all the right ingredients, but knows it'll be a tough row to hoe.

"I think this can be a championship team, but we have to take it one game at a time," he said. "You can't look at the end of the road before you get the next foot in. So, I think for us, it's going to be consistency. It's going to be game in and game out. We still have four games to go in the season and next week is just as important as this week was."

A Piercing blow: The Giants scored their first defensive touchdown of the season when Antonio Pierce returned a Drew Bledsoe fumble 12 yards on the first play of the second half. It was the Giants' first defensive score since Osi Umenyiora returned a fumble 50 yards for a touchdown at Baltimore on Dec. 12, 2004.

"I try to get one every year," Pierce smiled afterward. "That might have been the easiest, cheapest one I've ever gotten, but I'm going to take it. I love it."

The TD was Pierce's second career touchdown. With Washington, he returned an interception 78 yards for a score on Dec. 18, 2004 at San Francisco.

Michael Strahan gave all the credit to Kendrick Clancy, who forced Bledsoe's fumble.

"He was back there so quick he beat the running back to the ball," Strahan said.

Feely-ing bad: The whispers are growing louder that Jay Feely's not exactly 100 percent physically. Feely banging a 33-yard try off the right upright did nothing to squelch the talk, that's for sure. After the game, Feely was nowhere to be found. However, his coach didn't seem too concerned about his veteran kicker's confidence.

"No, I'm not worried about him," Coughlin said. "I'm worried about two or three missed field goals. He missed left last week and right this week. Somehow we're going to get this thing down the middle. The left hash hasn't been a problem for us and now all of a sudden we're making it into one, and hopefully we can solve that."

Tiki Barber suffered through his fair share of difficulties earlier in his career when he endured some fumbling problems. He said the best bet is to just leave Feely alone.

"You know Jay's a confident kid," Barber said. "You encourage him by just saying, ‘Good job, we'll need you next week.' You don't force yourself into his head. I've been there before and the excuses that are made for you, the psychotherapy that's thrown at you is more detrimental than anything. He'll find a way to correct his deficiencies over the last couple of weeks, and he'll be reliable for us. You never know, he could kick the game-winning field goal for us somewhere down the line and I have confidence still in him."

Century club: Tiki Barber rushed for 115 yards, his third consecutive 100-yard game and the 27th of his career, extending his own team record. Barber has the Giants' last 25 100-yard games. It is the second time in his career he has posted three consecutive 100-yard games. Last year, he ran for 108 at Arizona, 107 vs. Atlanta and 110 against Philadelphia on successive weeks.

Barber has rushed for 1,233 yards this season, the fourth year in a row he has exceeded 1,200 yards rushing. He has 8,160 career rushing yards.

In four division games this season, Barber has rushed for 497 yards on 89 carries, a 5.9-yard average. He has three consecutive 100-yard games against division foes.

Barber increased his career yardage total to 14,396. He passed Cris Carter and O.J. Simpson and moved into 23rd place on the NFL's all-time list. Franco Harris is 22nd with 14,622 yards.

But it was hardly an easy afternoon for Barber. He had 30 rushing attempts, the second-highest total of his career and the most he's had in a game that did not go into overtime. Barber had 32 rushing attempts in an overtime victory over Philadelphia on Dec. 28, 2002.

Super foot: Jeff Feagles had a great day punting, averaging 44.7 yards on six kicks. He put two inside the 20, including his final punt, which pinned the Cowboys at their four-yard line with 1:22 left. "That's like hitting a walk-off home run," said Feagles, who called it one of the most memorable punts of his career.

"Feagles is the man," fellow special teams ace David Tyree said. "He is a big part of the reason why we win football games. He is a momentum changer and he sets our defense up."

Quote of the game: "Our crowd inspired our players. I could tell on defense that they were looking for it and they got it. I could sense it and feel it; there were a couple of occasions, right after the half, for example, to get the crowd right back into the game. The 12th man is so huge." – Giants head coach Tom Coughlin

City of no love: The Giants continue their postseason quest by traveling down the New Jersey Turnpike to face off with the hated Eagles Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m.

Extra points: The Dallas contest was a game of firsts, as Justin Tuck recorded the first sack of his career and fellow rookie James Butler his first career INT…

The Giants improved to 6-1 at home, the first time they've won six home games in a season since they were 6-2 in 1997…

The Giants swept their three division rivals – Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington – at home for the first time since 2002…

The Giants did not score a first-quarter point for the fourth game in a row.

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