EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- When the Cowboys look back at Miles Austin's 34-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter, they will not see a drive that was aesthetically pleasing.
They traveled 82 yards on eight plays and it took 7:06 to complete, but it included five penalties that eventually led to a first-and-30 situation.
Romo changed the play at the line of scrimmage, Austin adjusted his route and was able to out-jump safety Antrel Rolle and cornerback Justin Tryon near the sideline to haul in his first TD grab of the season and his fourth in his last five games.
But on the second play of the drive, the Cowboys were penalized for delay of game, kicking off a comedy of errors. Tyron Smith had a false start. Dez Bryant had an illegal motion. Mackenzy Bernadeau had an illegal use of hands. Doug Free had a hold.
The holding penalty set up first-and-30 from the New York 34 after the Cowboys had gotten to the New York 14.
“I just tried to go up and make a play,” Austin said. “Thankfully, I did.”
That gave the Cowboys a 24-10 lead with 5:57 to play and unlike last December at Cowboys Stadium against the Giants they were able to finish off their NFC East rivals.