ARLINGTON, Texas – Tony Romo-to-Jason Witten saved the Dallas Cowboys again, but it could be at least a month before All-Pro receiver Dez Bryant can help his quarterback again.
Romo threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to his trusty tight end with 7 seconds left, and the Cowboys overcame three turnovers that led to easy New York points to beat the Giants 27-26 on Sunday night.
The Cowboys drove 72 yards in 1 minute, 27 seconds after stopping New York at the 1 and forcing Josh Brown's fourth field goal. A touchdown would have sealed a Giants victory.
Bryant wasn't on the field for the decisive drive after breaking his right foot, an injury owner Jerry Jones said would sideline his star receiver four to six weeks.
"You can't replace Dez Bryant," Romo said. "I hurt for him."
The Cowboys are 8-0 against the division-rival Giants in openers and have beaten them five consecutive meetings.
Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown, and the Giants had to go only a yard for their other TD after Trumaine McBride's interception.
"We didn't play great in a lot of areas and obviously [protecting] the ball was the biggest one," said Romo, who threw for 356 yards and three touchdowns with two interceptions.
The Giants tried to throw on third down from the 1 with a 23-20 lead, but Dallas didn't take the play-action fake. Eli Manning threw the ball away, stopping the clock and giving Romo plenty of time to march.
On the winning play, Romo had to pick up the ball after a low snap and found Witten shielding defenders at the goal line. The 13-year veteran made the catch, stayed on his feet and left no doubt about getting the ball in the end zone for yet another huge connection between one of the most prolific quarterback-tight end combos in NFL history.