Dallas (5-8) at New York (7-6)

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  • Game info: 4:15 pm EST Sun Dec 15, 2002
  • TV: FOX
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EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (Ticker)—The New York Giants are clinging to slim playoff hopes and Dallas Cowboys coach Dave Campo may be clinging to his job.

The NFC East rivals meet for the second time this season on Sunday with the Giants winning four of the last five meetings.

New York can finish 10-6 if it wins its last three games, but it may not be good enough to make the playoffs. The Giants’ remaining opponents - Dallas, the Indianapolis Colts (8-5) and the Philadelphia Eagles (10-3) - are a combined 23-16.

Meanwhile, the Eagles need to win just one of their final three games to clinch the NFC East. The Giants also need New Orleans (9-4) and Atlanta (8-4-1) to each lose two games and Tampa Bay (10-3) to lose all three to have a chance at a wild card.

“I don’t worry about the stuff I can’t control,” said Giants coach Jim Fassel. “All we can do is win the next three games. If we do that and we don’t get in then we don’t get in. If we do that and they stub their toe, which can happen in the league dramatically, then we will have fought our way back through it.”

Campo may have to fight for more wins to keep his job. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones stormed out of the locker room in frustration after Dallas allowed two touchdowns in the final 5:46 and lost to the San Francisco 49ers, 31-27 last week.

What particularly angered Jones was Campo’s decision to try for a 47-yard field goal instead of a first down on a 4th-and-1 play with 2:20 left and the Cowboys leading 27-24. Rookie Billy Cundiff missed the kick and the 49ers drove 63 yards in 13 plays, capped by Terrell Owens’ winning eight-yard touchdown catch with 12 seconds left.

“It’s an easy second guess, I accept that,” Campo said. “If you get the kick, you go up by six points and it changes the way you call things on defense, and changes the way they call things when they have to score a touchdown instead of a field goal.”

Jones said his postgame reaction wasn’t an indication that he was upset with Campo or was contemplating a coaching change. Campo is 15-30 in three seasons with the team.

Kerry Collins passed for three touchdowns, the last a 17-yarder to third-string tight end Marcellus Rivers for the go-ahead score with 6:51 left, as the Giants recorded a 21-17 win at Dallas on October 6.

Collins continues to lead the NFC in passing yards with 3,261, or 90 more than Green Bay’s Brett Favre.

Tiki Barber picked up 94 yards on 17 carries, including a 23-yard burst on the eventual game-winning drive, at Dallas. He leads the NFC in yards from scrimmage with 1,511, including a career-best 1,043 rushing and 468 receiving. The last Giant to lead the conference in scrimmage yards was Ron Johnson with 1,514 yards in 1970.

The Giants were without five defensive starters due to injuries, and allowed 447 total yards but also forced five turnovers in a 27-21 win at Washington last Sunday.

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin returned after missing two games with a sprained ankle and had three sacks. The starters missing were cornerbacks Will Peterson (concussion), Will Allen (shoulder), middle linebacker Mike Barrow (concussion), outside linebacker Dhani Jones (ankle) and defensive tackle Keith Hamilton (Achilles). Ralph Brown started at cornerback and set up two touchdowns with a 31-yard fumble return and a 19-yard interception return.

Emmitt Smith rushed for 70 yards on 13 carries, including a 30-yard TD, in the Cowboys’ loss to the Giants.

Dallas leads the series, 48-30-2.

Updated Sunday, Dec 15, 2002

Team Comparison

Team Records Standings PF PA Road/Home AFC NFC DIV Streak
Dallas 5-11-0 4th NFC East 217 329 1-7-0 Road 2-2-0 3-9-0 1-5-0 Lost 4
New York 10-6-0 2nd NFC East 320 279 5-3-0 Home 2-2-0 8-4-0 5-1-0 Won 4

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