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Giants win NFC East, Cowboys done for year
POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 1:43am
UPDATED: Tuesday, January 3, 2012 - 11:47am
East Rutherford, N.J. — Eli Manning threw three touchdown passes and the New York Giants won an all-or-nothing game to claim the final spot in the NFL playoffs, beating the Dallas Cowboys 31-14 on Sunday night.
The regular season went down to the last game, and it was coach Tom Coughlin's Giants (9-7) who won the NFC East and returned to the postseason for the first time since 2008.
The loss left Jerry Jones' Cowboys (8-8) out of the playoffs for the second straight year.
New York won three of its final four games and earned a wild-card home game next Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons (10-6).
The Cowboys lost four of their final five games in their first full season under coach Jason Garrett.