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Cowboys take 7-5 lead over Giants after 1st quarter; Romo a TD pass and safety
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ' Tony Romo surpassed 20,000 career yards passing with a 12-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Phillips and the Dallas Cowboys took a 7-5 lead over the New York Giants after the first quarter Sunday night.
Cowboys rookie running back DeMarco Murray had to be helped off the field at the end of an 8-yard run. It appeared that his right ankle got rolled under a defender while being tackled.
New York, which has lost four in a row, had gone ahead 5-0 on a safety when Romo fell down in his own end zone after being spun around by a defender and Lawrence Tynes kicked a 23-yard field goal.
The Cowboys then went 80 yards in eight plays, the last when Romo rolled to his right and then threw a screen to Phillips on the left side for the tight end's first career touchdown.
Despite their losing streak, the Giants came into the game only one game back of the NFC East lead behind the Cowboys.
The division's top two teams play twice in the last four weeks of the regular season. They play New Year's Day at New York.
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.
After going three-and-out on their first drive, the Cowboys started their second possession on their own 8.
On the second play, Jason Pierre-Paul ' filling in for injured Osi Umenyiora ' got pressure on Romo, spinning the quarterback around. Romo stuttered going backward, losing his balance and falling down into the end zone.
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 Tynes' field goal.
Hicks already had four catches for 105 yards after one quarter. Manning was 5 of 11 for 110 yards.
Romo became the Cowboys' fourth 20,000-yard passer. The others are Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, and Danny White.