Rapid Reaction: Giants 41, Cowboys 35

WHAT IT MEANS: Call the coroner, the Dallas Cowboys’ Super Bowl hopes are dead thanks to the New York Giants. The Giants knocked out Tony Romo indefinitely, erased a 20-7 deficit and pretty much ended any hope of the Cowboys turning their season around. In a few weeks, they can officially bury their hated rival at New Meadowlands Stadium. This is a huge win for the Giants, who now share the best record in the NFC with Atlanta at 5-2. The NFC East is pretty much a three-team race now between the Giants, Redskins and Eagles. And right now, you have to like the Giants’ chances the way they are playing. They still have yet to play a complete game.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Giants get a much-deserved rest. They enter their bye week on a four-game winning streak. But the Giants will have what now shapes up to be a crucial game against the first-place team in the NFC West, the Seattle Seahawks, the following week. Seattle is never an easy place to play but the Giants will have plenty of time to prep for the Hawks.

GIANT HITMEN: An untouched Michael Boley put a huge hit on Romo on a blitz and landed on top of the Cowboys quarterback, who fell hard on his left shoulder early in the second quarter. By halftime, the Cowboys revealed Romo was out with a fractured left clavicle, marking the fifth quarterback the Giants have knocked out this season. Romo joins Carolina’s Matt Moore, Chicago’s Jay Cutler and Todd Collins and Detroit’s Shaun Hill as quarterbacks the Giants have forced out of the game.

GETTING TIPSY: It was about as disastrous a start as the Giants could have. Eli Manning was intercepted twice on his first four passing attempts and both picks went off the hands of his receivers (Steve Smith and Hakeem Nicks). Manning had at least four interceptions earlier this season go off the hands of his receivers and into the hands of a defensive player. The Giants later surrendered a 93-yard punt return to Dez Bryant with 8:53 to go in the second quarter to fall behind 20-7 before turning the game around for good.

ELI LOVES BIG D: Despite the early interceptions, Manning has had some of his better games here in Dallas. This is the second time Manning has passed for four touchdowns in the Big D. After his disastrous start, Manning completed 24 of his next 29 pass attempts. Manning finished with 306 yards and four touchdowns against the Cowboys. And for all those who complain about Manning from time to time, take a long hard look at Dallas and how it will cope without Romo.

HAKEEM THE DREAM: Nicks loves playing in Texas. He torched the Texans a few weeks back for 12 receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns. And in Dallas, Nicks had nine catches for 108 yards and two touchdowns. He wasn’t alone either, as Dallas couldn’t cover anybody. Smith had nine catches for 101 yards and a touchdown while Mario Manningham added another score. Last season, Smith and Manningham each had 10 catches here to spoil the opening of Cowboys Stadium.