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Cowboys–Giants rivalry

Dallas Cowboys–New York Giants
Teams involved Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants
First contested December 4, 1960
NYG 31, DAL 31
Number of meetings 103 meetings[1]
Most recent meeting September 8, 2013
NYG 31, DAL 36
Next meeting November 24, 2013
All-time series DAL leads 58–43–2[1]
Postseason results

NYG leads 1–0[1]

Most recent
January 13, 2008
NYG 21, DAL 17
Largest victory DAL 52, NYG 7 (1966)
Current streak DAL 1 win (2013—present)
Championship Success

NFL Championships (13)

NFC East Divisional Championships (28)

  • DAL (20)
  • NYG (8)

Super Bowl Appearances (13)[2]

The Cowboys–Giants rivalry is a rivalry between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. The beginning of this rivalry is difficult to trace, but is perhaps best defined by the first game the two teams ever played back in 1960, which resulted in a 31–31 tie. In the early 1960s the New York Giants were beginning to wind down as an NFL powerhouse. After having been arguably the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference through the 1950s and early 1960s the Giants entered a period of poor play where they did not make the playoffs from 1964–81. While the Giants dominated the Cowboys in the first few years of the rivalry, the Cowboys picked up steam and took control from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s, winning 17 of the 20 meetings between the 2 teams in the 1970s. In the 1980s however the Giants struck back, and the rivalry has been relatively even handed ever since with intermittent spurts of dominance (the Giants in the late 1980s and the Cowboys in the early 1990s). This is a unique rivalry in American sports in that no other Texas area team is in the same division as a New York area team, or has a consistent rivalry with one, most likely due to the relatively far geographical distance between the two regions (though during the 1960s, the New York Jets were division rivals with the Houston Oilers in the American Football League East Division).

Another important facet of this rivalry is Hall of Fame coach Tom Landry. Landry was one of the most fateful figures in the history of both franchises. Drafted by the Giants in 1947, it would be three more years before he actually played with them. He played multiple roles – defensive back, halfback, and quarterback – and in those roles he recorded one rushing touchdown, one passing touchdown, two touchdowns off fumble recoveries, and three touchdowns off INTs. He made one Pro Bowl as a player, in 1954, the same season he joined the Giants' coaching staff. After he retired as a player at the end of the 1955 season, he became the Giants' defensive coordinator inventing the 4-3 Defense, serving in that role through 1959. In 1960, he became head coach of the first-year Cowboys and in his 29 seasons went 35–17–2 against the Giants.

Game results

The following is a list of results from all of the meetings between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants from their first meeting on December 4, 1960 to the present:[1]

Giants victories are colored red, Dallas victories are colored blue, and ties are colored white.

1960s (Cowboys 9–6–2)

Year Date Winner Result Location
1960 December 4 Tie 31–31 Yankee Stadium
1961 October 15 New York Giants | 31–10 Cotton Bowl
October 29 Dallas Cowboys |17–16 Yankee Stadium
1962 November 11 New York Giants | 41–10 Cotton Bowl
December 16 New York Giants | 41–31 Yankee Stadium
1963 October 20 New York Giants | 37–21 Yankee Stadium
November 10 New York Giants | 34–27 Cotton Bowl
1964 October 11 Tie 13–13 Cotton Bowl
November 8 Dallas Cowboys |31–21 Yankee Stadium
1965 September 19 Dallas Cowboys |31–2 Cotton Bowl
December 19 Dallas Cowboys |38–20 Yankee Stadium
1966 September 18 Dallas Cowboys |52–7 Cotton Bowl
October 23 Dallas Cowboys |17–7 Yankee Stadium
1967 September 24 Dallas Cowboys |38–24 Cotton Bowl
1968 November 10 New York Giants | 27–21 Cotton Bowl
December 15 Dallas Cowboys |28–10 Yankee Stadium
1969 October 27 Dallas Cowboys |25–3 Cotton Bowl

1970s (Cowboys 17–3)

Year Date Winner Result Location
1970 September 27 Dallas Cowboys |28–10 Cotton Bowl
November 8 New York Giants | 23–20 Yankee Stadium
1971 October 11 Dallas Cowboys |20–13 Cotton Bowl
December 12 Dallas Cowboys |42–14 Yankee Stadium
1972 September 24 Dallas Cowboys |23–14 Yankee Stadium
December 17 New York Giants | 23–3 Texas Stadium
1973 October 21 Dallas Cowboys |45–28 Texas Stadium
November 11 Dallas Cowboys |23–10 Yale Bowl
1974 September New York Giants | 14–6 Texas Stadium
October 27 Dallas Cowboys |21–7 Yale Bowl
1975 October 12 Dallas Cowboys |13–7 Shea Stadium
November 30 Dallas Cowboys |14–3 Texas Stadium
1976 October 10 Dallas Cowboys |24–14 Giants Stadium
November 7 Dallas Cowboys |9–3 Texas Stadium
1977 September 25 Dallas Cowboys |41–21 Texas Stadium
November 6 Dallas Cowboys |24–10 Giants Stadium
1978 September 10 Dallas Cowboys |34–24 Giants Stadium
October 8 Dallas Cowboys |24–3 Texas Stadium
1979 November 4 Dallas Cowboys |16–14 Giants Stadium
September 23 Dallas Cowboys |28–7 Texas Stadium

1980s (Tie 9–9)

Year Date Winner Result Location
1980 October 5 Dallas Cowboys |24–3 Texas Stadium
November 9 New York Giants | 38–35 Giants Stadium
1981 September 27 Dallas Cowboys |18–10 Texas Stadium
December 19 New York Giants | 13–10 (OT) Giants Stadium
1983 September 18 Dallas Cowboys |28–13 Texas Stadium
October 30 Dallas Cowboys |38–20 Giants Stadium
1984 September 9 New York Giants | 28–7 Giants Stadium
November 4 New York Giants | 19–7 Texas Stadium
1985 October 6 Dallas Cowboys |30–29 Giants Stadium
September 29 Dallas Cowboys |28–21 Texas Stadium
1986 September 8 Dallas Cowboys |31–28 Texas Stadium
November 2 New York Giants | 17–14 Giants Stadium
1987 September 20 Dallas Cowboys |16–14 Giants Stadium
November 2 Dallas Cowboys |33–24 Texas Stadium
1988 September 18 New York Giants | 12–10 Texas Stadium
November 6 New York Giants | 29–21 Giants Stadium
1989 October 1 New York Giants | 30–13 Texas Stadium
December 16 New York Giants | 15–0 Giants Stadium

1990s (Cowboys 12–8)

Year Date Winner Result Location
1990 September 16 New York Giants | 28–7 Texas Stadium
September 30 New York Giants | 31–17 Giants Stadium
1991 September 29 Dallas Cowboys |21–16 Texas Stadium
December 8 New York Giants | 22–9 Giants Stadium
1992 September 13 Dallas Cowboys |34–28 Giants Stadium
November 26 Dallas Cowboys |30–3 Texas Stadium
1993 November 7 Dallas Cowboys |31–9 Texas Stadium
January 2 Dallas Cowboys |16–13 (OT) Giants Stadium
1994 November 7 Dallas Cowboys |38–10 Texas Stadium
December 24 New York Giants | 15–10 Giants Stadium
1995 September 4 Dallas Cowboys |35–0 Giants Stadium
December 17 Dallas Cowboys |21–20 Texas Stadium
1996 September 8 Dallas Cowboys |27–0 Texas Stadium
November 24 New York Giants | 20–6 Giants Stadium
1997 October 5 New York Giants | 20–17 Giants Stadium
December 21 New York Giants | 20–7 Texas Stadium
1998 September 21 Dallas Cowboys |31–7 Giants Stadium
November 8 Dallas Cowboys |16–6 Texas Stadium
1999 October 18 New York Giants | 13–10 Giants Stadium
January 2 Dallas Cowboys |26–18 Texas Stadium

2000s (Giants 13–8)

Year Date Winner Result Location
2000 October 15 New York Giants | 19–14 Giants Stadium
December 17 New York Giants | 17–13 Texas Stadium
2001 November 4 New York Giants | 27–24 Giants Stadium
December 9 Dallas Cowboys |20–13 Texas Stadium
2002 October 6 New York Giants | 21–17 Texas Stadium
December 15 New York Giants | 37–7 Giants Stadium
2003 September 15 Dallas Cowboys |35–32 (OT) Giants Stadium
December 21 Dallas Cowboys |19–3 Texas Stadium
2004 October 10 New York Giants | 26–10 Texas Stadium
January 2 New York Giants | 28–24 Giants Stadium
2005 October 16 Dallas Cowboys |16–13 Texas Stadium
December 4 New York Giants | 17–10 Giants Stadium
2006 October 23 New York Giants | 36–22 Texas Stadium
December 3 Dallas Cowboys |23–20 Giants Stadium
2007 September 9 Dallas Cowboys |45–35 Texas Stadium
November 11 Dallas Cowboys |31–20 Giants Stadium
January 13* New York Giants | 21–17 Texas Stadium
2008 November 2 New York Giants | 35–14 Giants Stadium
December 14 Dallas Cowboys |20–8 Texas Stadium
2009 September 20 New York Giants | 33–31 Cowboys Stadium
December 13 New York Giants | 31–24 Giants Stadium

Note: *The Giants and Cowboys met in the Divisional round of the 2007 Playoffs.

2010s (Giants 4–3)

Year Date Winner Result Location
2010 October 25 New York Giants | 41–35 Cowboys Stadium
November 14 Dallas Cowboys | 33–20 New Meadowlands Stadium
2011 December 11 New York Giants | 37–34 Cowboys Stadium
January 1 New York Giants | 31–14 MetLife Stadium
2012 September 5 Dallas Cowboys | 24–17 Met Life Stadium
October 28 New York Giants | 29–24 Cowboys Stadium
2013 September 8 Dallas Cowboys | 31–36 AT&T Stadium

Notable rivalry moments

  • The very first meeting between the Cowboys and NY Giants, on December 4, 1960 at Yankee Stadium, ended in a 31–31 tie. Eddie LeBaron threw three touchdowns for Dallas (two in the fourth quarter), while George Shaw and Lee Grosscup combined for three touchdown throws for the Giants. L. G. Dupree ran in one Dallas touchdown and caught two scores for the first non-loss of the Cowboys' history after opening their inaugural season with ten straight losses.
  • The Cowboys defeated the Giants 20–13 on October 11, 1971, the first Monday Night Football meeting between the teams and the last NFL game at the Cotton Bowl.
  • On December 19, 1981, the Giants defeated the Cowboys 13–10 in overtime on a frigid Saturday afternoon in Giants Stadium to clinch Big Blue's first playoff berth in 17 seasons. Joe Danelo kicked the winning field goal in overtime after missing a game-winning attempt earlier in sudden death.
  • In the final game of the 1993 season, with both teams at 11–4 and competing for the #1 seed in the NFC playoffs, Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith suffered a separated right shoulder in the first half, but continued to play in obvious pain, amassing 168 rushing yards, including 41 on the game-winning drive, as Dallas won 16–13 in overtime. Smith also locked up the NFL rushing title with his tough, gritty performance. After the game, sportscaster John Madden paid a visit to Smith in the locker room to congratulate him, the only time Madden (as an announcer) would pay such a visit to a player, later writing "[It] was one of the toughest efforts I've ever seen by any football player in any game."[8] The loss meant the Giants were the #4 seed, while the win earned the Cowboys the #1 seed (and a bye in the playoffs), giving Smith time to heal, and he would go on to lead the Cowboys to victory over the Bills as the MVP of Super Bowl XXVIII.
  • The full bitterness of the rivalry played out on Monday Night Football on November 7, 1994 when the 7–1 Cowboys hosted the 3–5 Giants. After a scoreless first quarter Alvin Harper's touchdown catch from Troy Aikman and a one-yard Emmitt Smith rushing score left the Cowboys up 14–3. On the final play of the first half Aikman launched a deep bomb to Harper in the endzone; Harper was hammered in mid-air by Giants safety Tito Wooten and suffered a sprained left knee. Cowboys receivers coach Hubbard Alexander then attacked Jarvis Williams of the Giants and Michael Irvin punched Williams with a helmet. As the brawl escalated Cowboys safety James Washington grabbed a camera and monopod from a local photographer and brandished it like a sword, yelling for Giants players to take him on. Irvin was fined $12,000 and Washington $10,000 by the league. When order was finally restored the Cowboys routed the Giants on rushing touchdowns from Smith, Aikman, and Daryl Johnston en route to a 38–10 win.
  • In 2003, the teams met at Giants Stadium on Monday Night Football. The game marked former Giants coach Bill Parcells' first visit to Giants Stadium as head coach of the Cowboys. The Cowboys led 29–14 after three quarters, but they squandered the lead over the last 15 minutes, and found themselves down 32–29 with just 11 seconds to play. The Giants simply needed to kick off and play a "prevent" defense for 1 or 2 plays, but the kickoff went out of bounds, putting the Cowboys at their own 40 with no time elapsed, and Quincy Carter completed a deep pass to Antonio Bryant, who went out of bounds at the New York 34 to stop the clock with 4 seconds left. Billy Cundiff then converted a 52-yard field goal as time expired to send the game to overtime, and kicked a 25 yarder with 5:56 left in OT to win it for the Cowboys. Cundiff tied an NFL record with 7 field goals in the game, out of 8 total attempts.
  • In 2007, the Cowboys swept the Giants in the regular season (45–35 in Dallas & 31–20 in NYC) winning the NFC East with a record of 13–3 and No. 1 Seed in the NFC, but in the playoffs, the No. 5 Giants(10–6) came to Texas Stadium and stunned the top-seeded Cowboys 21–17 en route to winning Super Bowl XLII. Eli Manning scored his second-straight playoff win while Tony Romo suffered his second-straight playoff loss.
  • Amid several weeks of off-field acrimony involving Terrell Owens, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Marion Barber, and owner Jerry Jones, the Cowboys on December 14, 2008 shut down the Giants in New York's final trip to Texas Stadium (and first since the 2007 playoffs), 20–8. Owens and Witten combined for eight catches for 82 yards while Patrick Crayton and Deon Anderson had two receiving scores. Romo completed 20 of 30 throws for 244 yards despite being sacked four times (once for a Giants safety) and injuring his back in the process. The Cowboys sacked Giants quarterback Eli Manning eight times and limited him to only 191 passing yards and two INTs snatched by Terence Newman.
  • On September 20, 2009, Lawrence Tynes made a 37-yard field goal as the game clock expired to give the Giants a 33–31 victory and spoil the opening of the new Cowboys Stadium, with a crowd of a record-breaking 105,121 people. After the game, Giants quarterback Eli Manning signed the wall of the visiting locker room, and wrote "'33–31' First win in the new stadium" next to his name.[3]
  • On October 26, 2010, the Giants defeated the Cowboys in Cowboys Stadium 41–35, leaving the Cowboys at a disappointing 1–5 for the year. This contest is notable for the Giants linebacker Michael Boley driving Tony Romo to the turf and causing Romo to break his left clavicle and most likely ending the Cowboys chances at a playoff run.
  • On November 14, 2010, during the teams' first meeting at New Meadowlands Stadium, the lights briefly went out, causing a delay. The Cowboys won the game 33–20, scoring a win in Jason Garrett's head coaching debut.
  • On December 11, 2011, during the teams' first meeting of the season, with the NFC East lead on the line, the Cowboys led the Giants 34–22 with 5:41 left to play. Eli Manning led the Giants to a comeback, and Giant's Jason Pierre-Paul blocked Dallas kicker Dan Bailey's game-tying field goal with 6 seconds remaining. The Giants took a knee with 1 second left, and won the game 37–34. This game was selected as #2 on Top 20 NFL Games of 2011.[4]
  • On January 1, 2012 the New York Giants hosted the Dallas Cowboys in what amounted to a NFC East Divisional Championship game. Both teams entered the game with identical 8–7 records and a share of the lead of the NFC East. With the divisional title and a playoff berth on the line the game was flexed from 1 pm to the 8:30 pm Sunday Night Football slot. While the Giants took a 21–0 half time lead Tony Romo brought the Cowboys back, making the score 21–14 early in the 4th quarter. The Giants would hold on however, winning 31–14 and earning their first NFC East Divisional title and playoff berth since 2008 while knocking the Cowboys out of the playoffs. The Giants eventually made another playoff run reminiscent of their 2007 season and won Super Bowl XLVI.
  • On October 28, the Cowboys and the Giants played for a second time in the 2012 season at Dallas. Giants looked to avenge themselves after losing the season opening game to the Cowboys at home. The Giants took an astounding 23–0 lead in the 2nd quarter partly because of three Tony Romo interceptions. Cowboys rallied up to make the game 23–10 before halftime. The Cowboys, took the third quarter 14–0 to take a 24–23 lead. Eli Manning led two successful drives for New York both resulting in a field goal regaining a 29–24 lead. The Cowboys had less than four minutes to score a touchdown and take the lead. On fourth down, in the Giants territory, Tony Romo was pressured and forced to throw yet another interception. The Cowboys used all three remaining time outs during that Giants' possession, but forced Giants to punt and got the ball back with under a minute remaining. Tony Romo threw a pass into the end zone with ten seconds left to Dez Bryant and the play was ruled a touchdown. The play was reviewed and the officials noticed that the first part of the receiver to touch the ground was his hand, which was partially out of bounds. The call was reversed and the play was ruled an incomplete pass. The Cowboys failed to score a touchdown and the final score was 29–24 Giants.
  • The Giants were undeafeated against the Cowboys in AT&T Stadium since its opening in 2009 until week 1 of the 2013. (Giants record at AT&T Stadium is 4–1).
  • New Jersey governor Chris Christie indicated his support of the Cowboys despite the Giants having their home field in his state. [5]



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