Cowboys 23, Giants 20
Sunday, December 3rd 2006, 7:21 pm
By: News On 6
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Newly signed kicker Martin Gramatica booted a 46-yard field goal with one second left to give the Cowboys a 23-20 win today over the New York Giants.
Gramatica's winning kick went straight through the uprights with plenty of power. It more than made up for his wide-right miss from 44 yards to end the Cowboys' opening drive.
The winning score was set up by a 42-yard pass by Tony Romo to Jason Witten. It also came just over a minute after the Giants had tied the game at 20-all on a 5-yard TD pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress.
Gramatica, who kicked field goals of 41 and 35 yards, was signed last week after the Cowboys cut Mike Vanderjagt. But being the new guy didn't keep Gramatica from bursting into one of his trademark wild celebrations. The little kicker leaped into the arms of his teammates. On the sidelines, coach Bill Parcells broke into a wide smile as the ball sailed through.
The 8-4 Cowboys have a two-game lead in the NFC East.
It was the fourth straight loss for the Giants, who fell to 6-6.
Dallas has four wins in five games since Romo replaced Drew Bledsoe at quarterback. Romo finished 20-34 for 257 yards with 2 interceptions.
There were three scores in the final 3 minutes and 33 seconds.
First, Marion Barber III scored on a 1-yard run. Then Manning drove the Giants 63 yards for the tying score on the pass to Burress.
But Romo hit Witten on the first play after the kickoff with a strong throw to take the Cowboys to the Giants 26. That set up Gramatica for the winning kick.