Black Sunday: Cowboys Stun Giants as Lights Go Out at New Stadium
By Ben Fractenberg
MANHATTAN — A revitalized Dallas Cowboys team dominated the Giants and overcame a power outage at the New Meadowlands Stadium to come away with a 33-20 win over New York on Sunday.
The Cowboys ended a five-game losing streak and won for the first time since owner Jerry Jones fired head coach Wade Phillips earlier in the week.
Cowboys quarterback Jon Kitna threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns to lead Dallas. Dez Bryant had three catches for 104 yards and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass to lead the Dallas receivers.
To make matters worse for the Giants, the lights went out for almost 10 minutes during the third quarter at their new $1.7 billion Meadowlands stadium.
"If I’d have known it would have ended like this," Giants co-owner John Mara told the New York Post, "I would have kept the lights off."
The Giants, who were playing without receiver Steve Smith, weren’t able to get their offensive going until the third quarter when Eli Manning threw two touchdown passes.
But Manning also had two interceptions and lost a fumble. One of his interceptions was returned 101-yards for a touchdown in the first half.
"It's football and we are humans," defensive end Justin Tuck told the Daily News. "Sometimes, you play lights out, literally. Sometimes, you don't have it. I don't think we brought the energy that we had brought the last five games, for whatever reason I don't know."
The Cowboys win was the first game for their new coach Jason Garrett who took over after Phillips was fired.
The Giants loss ended a five-game winning streak. Big Blue has a half game lead over the Philadelphia Eagles, who play the Washington Redskins on Monday night.