Tony Romo threw three touchdown passes, two to Kevin Ogletree, as the Dallas Cowboys beat the New York Giants 24-17 in the opening game of the National Football League’s regular season.
This was the ninth consecutive year the NFL’s defending champion has hosted the season-opener in a primetime game. The Giants are the first reigning Super Bowl champion to lose in that span.
The opening game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was moved to Wednesday from Thursday to avoid a conflict with President Barack Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Romo and Ogletree hooked up on touchdown passes of 10 and 40 yards to give the Cowboys a 14-3 third-quarter lead.
After Ahmad Bradshaw scored on a 10-yard run to pull the Giants within 14-10 with 5:19 left in the third quarter, Dallas got a 33-yard field goal from Dan Bailey and a 34-yard touchdown catch from Miles Austin to push its lead to 24-10. The Giants pulled within a touchdown with 2:36 left on a 9-yard scoring pass from Eli Manning to Martellus Bennett, yet the Cowboys ran out the remaining time on the clock to seal the win.
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