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Cowboys take 17-15 halftime lead over Giants, who are trying to match NFC East leaders
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ' Dan Bailey kicked a 49-yard field goal with 15 seconds left in the first half and the Dallas Cowboys had a 17-15 halftime lead over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
The Cowboys went six plays in 49 yards for the field goal right after New York had converted a fumble by Felix Jones into a go-ahead field goal.
Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul had a sack for a safety before forcing the fumble by Jones. Lawrence Tynes had two field goals.
New York came in with a four-game losing streak, but with a win over Dallas would match the Cowboys for the NFC East lead with three games left. The division rivals play again New Year's Day at the Meadowlands in the regular-season finale.
Tynes' second field goal, a 26-yarder with 1:03 left in the half, came after Pierre-Paul forced the fumble that gave the Giants the ball at the Dallas 14.
Jones was left as the Cowboys' only healthy running back after rookie sensation DeMarco Murray had to be helped off the field at the end of an 8-yard run in the first quarter. Murray's right ankle appeared to get bent under a defender while being tackled.
After going three-and-out on their first drive of the game, the Cowboys started their second possession on their own 8.
On the second play, Pierre-Paul ' filling in for injured Osi Umenyiora ' got pressure on Tony Romo, spinning the quarterback around. Romo stuttered going backward, losing his balance and falling down into the end zone for a safety.
After the Giants got the ball on the free kick, Eli Manning hit Hakeem Nicks in stride for a 64-yard completion to the Dallas 5. But New York bogged down there and had to settle for a 23-yard field goal by Tynes for a 5-0 lead.
Romo was 10 of 14 with two touchdown passes and surpassed 20,000 career yards.
He became the Cowboys' fourth 20,000-yard passer with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Phillips. Romo rolled to his right and then threw a screen to Phillips on the left side for the tight end's first career touchdown.
The other 20,000-yard passers for the Cowboys are Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, and Danny White.
Romo hasn't really had any good memories against the Giants in Cowboys Stadium, where New York won the first regular season game played there two years ago. Romo sustained a broken collarbone at home against New York last season and he didn't play again.
Hicks already had four catches for 105 yards after one quarter, but didn't have a catch in the second half. Manning was 9-of-19 passing for 146 yards at halftime.