East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Maybe what Dallas needed all along was a coaching change.
Jon Kitna showed some flashes of greatness with three touchdown passes, and the Dallas Cowboys put on a dominant road performance in a 33-20 win over the New York Giants at a malfunctioning New Meadowlands Stadium.
Kitna completed 13-of-22 passes for 327 yards and was intercepted once for the Cowboys (2-7), who replaced Wade Phillips with Jason Garrett at the head coaching position earlier in the week before snapping a brutal five-game losing streak.
Coming off an embarrassing 45-7 loss at the hands of Green Bay last week, the Cowboys’ offense and defense looked more in sync on this Sunday to exact some revenge on the Giants (6-3), who beat Dallas three weeks ago and knocked quarterback Tony Romo out for an extended period of time.
Dez Bryant was one of Dallas’ stars in the win, making several spectacular grabs in a three-reception, 104-yard game, including a score. Felix Jones added a 71-yard touchdown reception, and Miles Austin caught a scoring pass.
Eli Manning threw for 373 yards and two touchdowns on 33-of-48 passing and was picked off two times for New York, which saw its NFC East lead trimmed to a half-game over Philadelphia, which hosts the Giants next Sunday. Ahmad Bradshaw ran for 73 yards, while Mario Manningham and Kevin Boss each had a TD grab in defeat.
The third quarter was marred by two light malfunctions with the stadium; the first delay was brief, but the second lasted for 12 minutes and produced a scary pitch-black scene at the venue. No official reason was given for the blackout.