ARLINGTON, Texas -- Stevie Brown made too many contributions for it all to be wasted on a hail-Mary touchdown in the final seconds.
Even after officials initially ruled Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant to be in the end zone for a potential 37-yard game-winning touchdown with six seconds remaining, Brown was convinced otherwise.
“When I saw it live it looked like he came down on his back out of bounds,’’ Brown told a gathering of reporters around his Cowboys Stadium locker. “I knew he caught it, I just felt he was out of bounds. I was glad it was going to be challenged.’’
The call was reversed and the Giants held on, 29-24.
“It was definitely a feeling of relief because they got to pushing back,’’ said Brown. “It was like second life to get to go back out and try and keep them out.’’
Brown is making the most of his opportunity because of a knee injury to starter Kenny Phillips, who was on the inactive list again on Sunday.
“There’s a motto around here,’’ Brown explained. “If somebody goes down, you have to fill in, and you can’t have a let-off. That’s how everybody thinks around here.’’
A former backup, Brown is getting a lot of attention these days. Against the Cowboys, he picked off Tony Romo twice -- his fourth and fifth interceptions of the season -- and also recovered a fumble. Brown finished with eight tackles (two coming on special teams) and two pass breakups.
The victory put the Giants firmly in the driver’s seat in the East. “It is a win in the division. A win in the conference. We’re happy. We’re going to celebrate. But we have to get back at it next week,’’ Brown said.
On interception No. 1, Brown said he was reading Cowboy quarterback Romo’s eyes. He noticed Bryant to his right and then saw the football. When asked if he was torn between playing the receiver or the ball, Brown grinned.
“Nah, man. I play the ball.’’