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Dallas Cowboys finish strong vs. New York Giants

It must have felt all-too-familiar for the Dallas Cowboys.

Late in the game. Tension running high. The difference between victory or defeat hanging on a small handful of plays.

Last season, Dallas found a way to lose too many of these games. In Wednesday's 24-17 win at the Meadowlands, we got an early indication that this year could be different.

After a Giants touchdown cut the Cowboys lead to seven with 2:42 remaining, Tony Romo and the Dallas offense took over, needing one first down to fly back to Arlington with the win. DeMarco Murray appeared to do just that with a third-down run around the left end when disaster struck. Holding on tight end Jason Witten.

It was a brutal penalty that smacked of Same Old Cowboys 101. But this time, Dallas didn't wilt. Facing 3rd-and-10 from their own 26, Romo found new favorite target Kevin Ogletree for a 13-yard reception. Game over.

It was a moment of testicular fortitude we didn't see a season ago. Just one game, yes, but one that sends this Cowboys team in a very healthy direction.

Follow Dan Hanzus on Twitter @danhanzus.

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