Visiting Cowboys cut down Giants in NFL season opener

By Larry Fine, Reuters

Posted at Sep 06 2012 06:44 PM | Updated as of Sep 07 2012 02:44 AM

NEW YORK - The Dallas Cowboys spoiled an opening night celebration of the New York Giants' Super Bowl victory by beating the home team 24-17 on Wednesday to launch the 2012 National Football League season.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 22-of-29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Kevin Ogletree caught eight passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries.

The Cowboys built a 24-10 lead with less than six minutes to play after a leaping catch by Miles Austin turned into a 34-yard touchdown before the Giants made it close with a 79-yard scoring drive.

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the Most Valuable Player of New York's Super Bowl victory over New England last season, faced heavy pressure from the Dallas pass rush and completed 21-of-32 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)