By JASON BROOKSAssociated PressAssociated PressAP SportsBusiness JournalAP Sports Business JournalAP/Associated PressBy JACK COWANAssociated PressNew York Giants linebacker Justin Tuck smiles as he and team captain Landon Collins run down the sideline at MetLife Stadium.AP Photo/Elise AmendolaAssociated PressGiants linebacker Justin “Justin” Tuck celebrates a sack on New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.APPhoto/Eli LakeNew York Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie and wide receiver Brandon Marshall celebrate a touchdown in the first half.APNew York Titans defensive end Antonio Smith and wideout Corey Davis celebrate a fumble in the second half.
The New York Giants played the New York Cowboys on Sunday, with the winner getting the franchise tag for a third time.
The Giants won the first two meetings between the teams, and the first time since the season opener in 2014, the Giants won, 42-37.
They have won seven of their past nine and have won five straight at home.
“We just feel like we’re playing great football, and I’m very proud of the team, and we’re just playing the best we can,” linebacker Justin Trumaine said.
“We just need to get a little more confidence.”
New York was coming off an overtime loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in which it had to play without star wideout Odell Beckham Jr. and running back DeMarco Murray, and both players were limited in practice.
New York has won five in a row at Metropolis Stadium, and it won five of the past six in the series.
The Giants have won three of the four meetings.
The team has had trouble with turnovers lately, with three in a game for the first three times this season.
The previous two were against the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers.
New Yorkers have scored on each of their first four drives of the season.
They scored on their first three drives of this season in a 34-7 victory over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.
“It’s been frustrating for us.
We have to go back and think about it,” cornerback Buster Skrine said.
New York trailed 14-0 midway through the third quarter when safety Landon Powell picked off a pass intended for tight end Jared Cook and ran it back 44 yards for a touchdown.
But the Giants defense held on and the Eagles scored the next four points.
They were able to take advantage of turnovers, as safety J.T. Thomas picked off the pass intended by Cook and returned it 20 yards for the score.
The defense kept New York’s offense off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter, when cornerback Chris Canty intercepted a pass that was thrown by quarterback Eli Manning.
Manning was sacked three times, and New York took a 20-10 lead.
After the Eagles offense forced a punt, it was the Giants who would score the next time the Eagles had a chance.
A 3-yard pass from quarterback Josh McCown to rookie wide receiver Victor Cruz led to the touchdown.
The Eagles led by as many as 14 points before halftime, but they couldn’t get the game back on track.
They allowed a field goal to the Giants in the third, and they failed to convert a fourth-and-1 at the New Orleans 25.
The score remained tied at 14 with 3:13 remaining.
The next drive ended with a penalty that forced a field-goal try by the Giants.
The kicker missed and New Orleans scored on a 2-yard run by rookie tight end Travis Kelce.
Tucker, who missed the first seven games, had a career-high six tackles.
The veteran cornerback was in the lineup after missing the last two games with a hamstring injury.
The teams played in front of an estimated 4.4 million fans, which is the largest attendance for a game in the Super Bowl era.
The matchup was expected to be a game of the year candidate for both teams, but the Giants came out with a big game.
New Yorkers led by 10 points early in the game, but only ended up with four points in the final two minutes.
The game was a blowout for the Giants, who led by 16 points before losing to the Cowboys.
The New York loss was their fifth in a six-game winning streak, and their first since losing at Arizona.
“I’m proud of our guys,” linebacker Johnathan Hankins said.
The Jets had the better offensive performance, and Brandon Marshall was the only Giants player who made the Pro Bowl.
He had three catches for 58 yards.
The Cowboys led the NFL with 15 sacks, and three other players had double-digit sacks.
Troy Aikman, who had seven interceptions for the Cowboys, had eight for New York.
The Patriots led by seven points midway through halftime, and after a drive that included a 3-and.out and a touchdown pass from Brady, the Patriots went on