The Dallas Cowboys squandered a 12-point lead in the final six minutes to suffer a gut-wrenching 37-34 defeat to the New York Giants on Sunday that left the teams tied atop the NFC East.
The Cowboys led 34-22 with 5:50 remaining but watched Eli Manning rally the Giants with two late scores to snap his team's four-game losing streak and revive their season.
This is huge -- another fourth-quarter comeback, Manning told reporters. Manning threw for 400 yards in a wild game that featured eight lead changes.
It's good to get that winning feeling again, especially in the division.
Down by 12 late in the fourth, Manning drove the Giants 80 yards and pulled them within five points with a touchdown pass to Jake Ballard, then engineered a 58-yard march capped by Brandon Jacobs' one-yard score.
New York (7-6) added a two-point conversion to move ahead by three with less than a minute to go.
Dallas (7-6) answered with a few quick passes to move into field goal range, but Dan Bailey's 47-yard attempt was blocked by Jason Pierre-Paul to set off a Giants' celebration.
For the Cowboys, it was their second successive loss decided by a final field goal miscue. In last week's overtime defeat to Arizona, Dallas coach Jason Garrett called a timeout that negated what would have been a game-winning kick, only to watch his kicker miss the retry.
Dallas quarterback Tony Romo threw four touchdowns against the Giants but once again could not pull of the win.
It's going to be tough here for the next few hours. This was a tough loss, it was an important game and guys laid it on the line, Romo said.
It's tough to not come out with the victory.
Compounding the Cowboys misery, they also lost starting running back DeMarco Murray, possibly for the season, to a fractured ankle. Felix Jones filled in and had 106 yards on 16 carries.
Receiver Hakeem Nicks was a constant threat for New York with seven catches for 154 yards.