IRVING, Texas —
Church never stopped moving. It was just like another practice.
“I’ve never been in a drill just to take the ball away,” said Church, who had his first career NFL touchdown. “Just take the ball away. Every play in practice we’re trying to take the ball away, so it helped us in the offseason and now it’s transferring over to the season.”
The Cowboys had three interceptions of Manning and forced two fumbles out of Wilson, who had just 19 yards on seven carries in what was supposed to be his first season as the starter. The Giants also muffed a punt when the ball hit Trumaine McBride while he was trying to block for the return.
But when the Giants held on to the ball, they moved it. Victor Cruz had three touchdowns and was one of three 100-yard receivers who helped New York erase most of a 17-point deficit. The Giants twice had chances to take the lead trailing 30-24 before Carr’s big play with 1:50 remaining.
“We’re up a couple of scores and you start to play a style of defense where you’re playing the game a little with the score relative to the clock,” coach Jason Garrett said. “They have weapons outside. They made a lot of plays.”
So did the Dallas defense, which also stuffed the New York running game. The Giants had 50 yards on 14 carries, a 3.6-yard average.
The Dallas defenders look like they will be a reflection of Kiffin, who speaks in a raspy whisper while keeping meetings with reporters brief and has a feisty side on the field.
Kiffin loved to raise his arms in an attempt to pump up the crowd during training camp, and would angrily throw down his hat when he saw things he didn’t like.