New Jersey —
Romo said his only thoughts on the final drive were scoring.
''You've got to go get a field goal or touchdown and win the game,'' he said. ''You either feel comfortable in those situations or you don't. I've been in that situation the past three or four weeks. You just have to go out and do it.''
Romo did it, and it left the Giants wondering about what they gave away in two losses to Dallas.
''This is tough,'' said defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, whose roughing the passer penalty set up one of Romo's TD passes to Jason Witten. ''This is the NFL and all the teams are pretty evenly matched. Obviously we have our work cut out, but until we are mathematically eliminated, we're not going to pull off the gas at all.''
Eleven of the 16 teams in the NFC have better records than the Giants, so their chances of making the postseason are dim.
''Something had to happen for us to get the ball back again,'' coach Tom Coughlin said.
Romo hit Witten on TDs of 20 and 2 yards, and Dallas got a defensive touchdown on a 50-yard fumble return by Jeff Heath.
The Giants, seeking to become the second NFL team to win five straight after losing the first six, rallied over the past month to get into position to challenge for a playoff spot. They knew this was a must-win game because they had lost to Dallas in the season opener after turning over the ball six times.
True to form, New York tried another comeback after falling behind 21-6 in the third quarter.
But Romo took it from the Giants on the final drive that started at the Dallas 20 on a cold and blustery day. He hit Bryant on the third play of the drive to keep it alive and added throws of 17 yards to Miles Austin and 13 to Cole Beasley, the latter on third-and-10 from the New York 28.