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Dallas ends five game losing streak with big win over Giants

by Derrick Johnson on November 15, 2010

Not even a power outage could stop the revitalized Dallas Cowboys at New Meadowlands Stadium Sunday afternoon. Behind interim coach Jason Garrett and backup quarterback Jon Kitna, the Cowboys ran past the New York Giants 33-20.

There was about a six minute delay during the third quarter when malfunctioning lights left the 81,000 spectators in complete darkness, but by then the Giants defense had already been lit up. Dallas was able to string together a series of big plays in the first half – including a 101-yard interception return for touchdown – to open up a 19-6 lead at halftime.

They stretched the lead to 26-6 early in the second half when Felix Jones scampered 71 yards after catching a pass from Kitna. It was a big win for the much-maligned Cowboys, who had been riding a five game losing streak that got their coach, Wade Phillips, fired earlier this week. Still, the team's owner Jerry Jones says the 2-7 Cowboys have a lot to figure out.

"It's a good time to have a good feeling, we needed it," Jones told the Associated Press. "The players needed it and our fans needed it most of all. But it's just that, a feel-good. We have to get a lot of things worked out."

It was just the opposite for the Giants, however, as they had been in the middle of a five-game winning streak. New York had been among the top-ranked defenses in the league, but Kitna was able to carve them up for 327 yards and three touchdowns. Giants quarterback Eli Manning had one of his worst games of the year, throwing two interceptions and losing one fumble.

"We gave up big plays and didn't make as many big plays," New York coach Tom Coughlin told the news source. "We hung in there. We gave a good effort at the end, but it was too little too late."

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