Dallas takes East lead with ugly win

first_imgThe Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants wanted to find out Sunday which of them looked ready to challenge for supremacy in the NFC East. The Cowboys won, but the answer to the bigger question might be neither. Dallas committed four turnovers, missed two field goals and allowed a tying touchdown with 19 seconds left, yet overcame it all with a 45-yard field goal by Jose Cortez on the opening drive of overtime for a 16-13 victory over the equally inept Giants. “I feel pretty fortunate,” Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said. He should. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Coming off a throttling victory over the Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas (4-2) gave New York every chance to put this game away early. But Eli Manning and the Giants (3-2) couldn’t do it. They trailed 7-6 midway through the third quarter after the Cowboys had already committed all of their turnovers. Then New York started giving the ball away: four turnovers in five drives, including a fumble at the Dallas 1 with 1:18 left while down by seven. “We just shot ourselves in the foot,” Manning said. “We were letting them get the best off us.” Keeping with the game’s theme, the Cowboys wasted their chances, too. Manning wound up throwing a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey that forced OT. Dallas has consecutive victories for the first time this season and first place in the NFC East. center_img Falcons 34, Saints 31 Todd Peterson’s 36-yard field goal won it for Atlanta in the final seconds, but only after a miss from 41 yards was negated by a holding penalty on New Orleans’ Tony Bryant, a play that had no effect on the miss. New Orleans (2-4), embarrassed at Green Bay 52-3 a week earlier, had tied it at 31-31 when Aaron Brooks hit Devery Henderson in the back of the end zone for a 15-yard TD with under a minute left. Bears 28, Vikings 3 While Minnesota’s season continued to spiral out of control, Chicago might saved its. Brian Urlacher had two sacks to lead the Bears over a Vikings team reeling after allegations of drunkenness and sexual misbehavior on a charter cruise last week. It was the fourth loss in five games for Minnesota. Thomas Jones rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries for the Bears (2-3). Panthers 21, Lions 20 Playing in his first game since 2002, Chris Weinke threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Ricky Proehl with 32 seconds left to lead Carolina to victory. Weinke relieved Jake Delhomme, who was knocked out of the game on the game-winning drive when he was hit hard by safety Kenoy Kennedy. Weinke took over at midfield with 2:56 left and calmly led the Panthers (4-2) down the field, completing 5 of 7 passes for 47 yards. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img