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Quick Take: Dallas takes step toward playoffs

It was over when ...
Cowboys running back Tashard Choice broke through the Giants' defensive line for a 38-yard touchdown. Even with a failed two-point conversion attempt, Dallas had a 12-point lead with 2:16 remaining.

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Tony Romo battled through a lower back contusion and connected with nine different receivers, finishing 20-of-30 for 244 yards and two touchdowns.

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The Giants' offensive line entered the game having allowed just 15 sacks all season, but Dallas capitalized on the loss of starters Kareem McKenzie (back) and Rich Seubert (flu) by sacking Eli Manning eight times. Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware led the team with three sacks and two forced fumbles.

The Cowboys are 6-1 at Texas Stadium this season. ... With 244 passing yards, Romo became the first Cowboys QB with consecutive 3,000-yard seasons since Troy Aikman did it in three consecutive years from 1995-97 and the sixth Cowboys quarterback to surpass 10,000 yards for his career. ... Romo is 4-0 when facing the Giants. He missed Dallas' Week 9 loss at Giants Stadium ... With three receptions, Terrell Owens has 940 for his career, tying Art Monk for seventh all-time. ... Ware leads the NFL with 19 sacks. ... The Giants failed to score a touchdown for the first time since December of 2004.

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