Giants flourish in the final moments

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Tiki Barber provided the New York Giants some revenge for Deion Sanders' heroics against them a year ago. Barber returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, then took a short 56 yard pass to set up Brad Daluiso's 22-yard game-winning field goal with one second left of the match to give the Giants a 13-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Tiki Barber provided the New York Giants some revenge for Deion Sanders' heroics against them a year ago. Barber returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, then took a short 56 yard pass to set up Brad Daluiso's 22-yard game-winning field goal with one second left of the match to give the Giants a 13-10 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Monday night in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

The game was 3-3 until Barber's punt return with 7:50 left in regulation time gave the Giants a 10-3 lead. But Emmitt Smith scored on a 2-yard run at the end of a 68-yard, seven-play drive to tie it 10-10. That led to more heroics by Barber, who had 233 all-purpose yards in the game.

On a second-and-10 from their own 41, Kent Graham found Barber in the flat, and he eluded Dat Nguyen and raced to the Dallas 3, setting up Daluiso's game-winner. "I saw I was 60 yards away with 20 seconds left and I thought 'Just split the defenders' like I'm told," Barber said. "So instead of running out of bounds that's what I did."

The victory was the first for the Giants (3-3) in seven meetings with the Cowboys. It also atoned for a 31-7 thrashing on a Monday night by Dallas (3-2) last season, when Sanders returned a punt and an interception for a touchdown. "We were embarrassed last year," Barber said. "We wanted to hold down Deion and I think we did it. Then we made the big plays."

But the Giants got a scare. After Daluiso's game-winning field goal, he squibbed a kick and Dallas began lateraling. They got into the end zone but it was called back because one of the passes clearly went forward.

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