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Cowboys come out of their shell; Crush Giants 33-20

Who said changing coaches wouldn’t help? At least for one day, the Cowboys looked like a whole new team with new head coach Jason Garrett, as the team crushed the Giants in New Jersey 33-20.

“I thought the intensity was there in all three areas,” Garrett said. “Guys were fighting for each other. We were challenged in all areas and I think we stepped up.”

Jon Kitna played his best game as a Cowboy by far, throwing for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Cowboys looked revitalized with Garrett running the team.

Owner Jerry Jones was so impressed with his new coach, who took over after Wade Phillips was fired Monday, that he gave him the game ball.

“I hope it’s a good feeling for our fans,” owner Jerry Jones said. “Don’t think that I think for one minute it’s a consolation for how we have stunk it up this year. It is not. It’s just a way for us to get going. I really don’t want to make more of it. This was a big win for us, a particular big win under the circumstances, the criticism. It’s just a little baby step to where we’ve got to get to.”

The Cowboys (2-7) snapped a five-game losing streak and ended a five-game winning streak for the Giants (6-3).

Kitna, who was 13 of 22 with one interception, had everything working. He had TD passes of 13 yards to rookie Dez Bryant, 71 to halfback Felix Jones and 24 to Miles Austin.

The Giants took a 3-0 lead in the first quarter, but the Cowboys never trailed after that. They built up a 26-6 lead in the third quarter, but the Giants got it to 33-20 when Eli Manning passed to Kevin Boss for a 35-yard score with 5:19 left in the third quarter.

Dallas’ D did the rest though, as neither team scored in the fourth quarter. Garrett’s prep of the team in a week of a coaching change seemed to be the key factor in the teams second win of the year.

“Obviously, this was a tough situation,” tight end Jason Witten said. “He couldn’t have handled it any better than what he did, his message, what he said, how he went about it during the week.”

“It was a good day for us for a lot of different reasons,” Garrett said. “One of the things we emphasize to our players is come to work each and every day. Be great on Wednesday, let’s be great on Thursday and Friday and that gives you a chance to be great Sunday.

“We weren’t great in all areas today, obviously. There are a lot of things we have to clean up. But I think the intensity in all three areas, guys fighting for each other, playing for each other, different guys getting involved … I think everybody stepped up and played well together.”

The Cowboys have a shot for two in a row next week as they play at home for the Lions.

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