Giants O Comes Through in Clutch Again

ARLINGTON, Tex. – Eli Manning and the Giants offense had to be brimming with confidence. They've done it so many times before that it was business as usual when they took the ball at their own 25-yard line down by a point with 3:34 to play.

"You want to be able to win the game in the fourth quarter," said Eli Manning, who directed the game-winning march in his usual calm, cool and collected manner.

The drive started on a sour note as Rich Seubert's holding penalty moved them back 10 yards.

But that's when Manning kicked it into gear.

On second-and-18 he connected with Derek Hagan (for 12 yards) and Steve Smith (for 11 more) to move the sticks.

He then hit tight end Kevin Boss for 13 yards to move the ball into Dallas territory.

Perhaps the biggest play of the drive came when Mario Manningham, who had a huge game, caught a tipped pass for eight yards to move the sticks on a third-and-four play from the Dallas 41.

Manning fired one to Smith for 12 yards on the very next play and the Giants were in business. Manning fell forward for two yards and the Giants were in perfect position for kicker Lawrence Tynes to win it as the game ended.

"We practice that all the time," Giants Coach Tom Coughlin said. "Get the b all inside the 20 and take a timeout with four seconds left."

New York appeared to have won the contest when Tynes barely snuck his kick inside the left upright but Dallas had called a timeout just prior to the snap. The unflappable Tynes wasn't even fazed.

"I don't even know the percentages of how often that works," Tynes said. "It's one of those en vogue things that started a few years ago. But if you have the timeouts you might as well use them. I don't frown on it."

Seconds later, Tynes made Dallas frown as his second try from 37 split the uprights and the Giants had knocked off the Cowboys to improve to 2-0 on the season, spoiling Jerry Jones' stadium-opening party in the process.

"I'm just happy for the team," Tynes said.

"He's done an outstanding job," Coughlin said of his kicker.

So did Coughlin's quarterback.

Manning completed seven-of-nine passes for 64 yards during the game-deciding drive.

"He's very good in the 2:00 offense," Tom Coughlin understated. "He's very good in the no-huddle."

For the Giants, the late-game offensive heroics almost seem to come easy at this point.

"We did a great job of stepping up and gutting it out," Manning said.

They should be used to it by now.

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